Black beauty mulberry

I have a Black Beauty mulberry in ground that I’ve had for 2 years. The tree is from Dave Wilson Nursery. This year I saw very few very small mulberries that don’t seem ripen fully. I’m reconsidering the tree entirely as I had hoped it would be a smaller Persian Mulberry. Does anyone have any experience with this variety? If so, has your fruit gotten bigger over time like a Persian mulberry? The leaves and tree are quite pretty but I’m in it for the fruit.

Should I pull it and get a female Persian Mulberry? I see them in my area.

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I dont know about black beauty but my IE mulberry just grew the first year, had/aborted a half dozen or so berries the second and now on the third has put out 100+berries so i would wait at least 1 more year before condeming it

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Most all cultivars of mulberry have fruit that is smaller when the plant is young, but increase in size as the plant matures.

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I have this one too and if the tree will grow in your area it is definitely one to keep. It is reported to be one of the most delicious varieties if you are lucky enough to be in its growing zone. It is reported that in my zone they do not do good but this is my 3rd year and it is waking up and looking good. The berries are more like a small blackberries in looks and they are super delicious and they taste different than any others that I have tasted.

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I have it. My tastiest mulberry. Same size as Persian.

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I guess that would be another one that I’m going to have to get . Thanks for the info!

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I had one from Trees of Antiquity. It got terribly abused last year and I thought it might die, but it came back and every scion I cut from it this year has taken on seedling mulberry rootstock. I am excited :grinning:

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Sorry to resurrect but…

I have this tree also planted only ~1 year ago so no fruit yet. I don’t believe to have seen a rootstock tag on it when I bought it from a nursery (DWN stock). Does anyone know what rootstock they use for these? Alba seedling? I rooted a sucker from the rootstock and wanted to make sure I tracked what it is…

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Contact DWN (call the office). I believe they use a contract grower.

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I have been growing it for about 20 years. It grew slowly at first. It has absolutely delicious berries. They stain badly. If it’s near white concrete or a patio, I would move it if I were you. I like IE also. Some of the “white” mulberries I’ve tasted are so bland that it wouldn’t be worth growing them, IMHO. It has now grown into a pretty large tree, that I have to aggressively prune every 3 years or so. I love it especially in the absolute heat of the summer. I stand in the shade underneath it and leisurely use a stick to knock off the berries. Very long fruiting season. 2 complete months at least.

John S
PDX OR

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Does anyone have a sense of how far Black Beauty can be pushed zone wise? I’m 6a/6b which might be a little too cold for a nigra but I have found conflicting information regarding Black Beauties hardieness. I thought burnt ridge had listed it as zone 6 but I check their website again and there is no longer any plant zone information.