Does anyone have any experience with David Smith Everbearing Mulberries? There have been a couple of mentions on this site recommending it but nobody talks about how long it actually bears fruit or the size and taste of the fruit. I would love any and all information on this variety as the only real information I can find online is from planting justice which states “Incredibly heavy production of tasty medium sized black fruit over a very long season. Compact super hardy tree comes from the collection of Richard Fahey in Oxnard, NY. Hardy zones 4-9.”
Only person I know who’s grown it is Don Compton, up in IN. I bought a piece from Fahey(in Oxford, not Oxnard) many years ago, when I was first starting out (around '96?)… had no success grafting it then, but I’d only done a few apples at that time, so was still quite the newbie.
Suspect it’s quite similar to many of the good M.rubraXalba hybrids. I’d expect a 4-6 week bearing season. ‘Everbearing’ is, imo, a somewhat misleading term… yeah, it’s longer than the 2 week or so period I get from M.rubra, and way longer than the 3 or 4 days that serviceberries last before the birds strip them.
Lawson Dawson, Illinois Everbearing, Silk Hope - and several IE seedlings I’ve grown out - are all heavily-laden and ripening here at this very minute. All are good, with some differences in fruit size/length/flavor, but not enough so that I could do a blindfolded taste test and tell one from another.
Thank you for the information! I was quite disappointed at the “everbearing” title that are given to mulberries back when I learned it usually was a 1-2 month bearing season but its still quite improved from some of the wild mulberries I have growing around me.
i had a david smith everbearing the fruits were similar to my IE in terms of size and tasting compared to geradi dwarf or dearf everbearing.
Is it fair to assume you prefer the taste of IE over gerardi?
yes correct IE had better flavor but wasnt as productive as GD
Do your David Smith Everbearing Mulberry actually stay relatively compact?
i would say david smith mulberry the tree does stay little smaller than IE.