Hello all! I planted a few Dave Wilson Everbearing Morus Nigra “dwarf” bushes at the end of May. They were little sticks and 5 months later are now 6’ tall. They are supposed to only get 6-8’ tall but I’m thinking if they have grown this fast already, I may be in trouble! I planted these for shade for my chickens but they are somewhat near a block wall. I was told by the nursery that because they were “dwarf” the roots weren’t invasive like a standard mulberry. Any experience with these? I’m in Phoenix which is a perfect climate for mulberries. Considering taking them out now and planting something else if they are going to get too big.
Here is the description from Bay Laurel:
Mulberry, Dwarf Bush (Morus nigra sp.)
Continuously produces sweet, blackberry-like fruit throughout the season. A great choice for containers. Mature height is six to eight feet in the ground. Zones 5 to 11. Self-fruitful. Potted.
could you post pictures of your ‘dwarf’ mulberry?
even without pics though, have almost concluded that dave wilson nursery has no clue what true morus nigras are. Either that or may just have been an inadvertent clerical/label error
moreover, true nigras can’t possibly withstand a zone 5 winter.
did your mulberry bear fruit?
I’ll try to remember to post a photo tomorrow! Yeah, def not a true MN. And honestly I don’t care about the fruit much on these since the purpose was shade but I think I may have a mammoth beast on my hands with these! I don’t mind pruning and shaping and whatever to keep small but I just get a sense that these aren’t really dwarfs and removing them now will be much easier than a year from now!
Ok, here are a couple of photos. The leaves on these everbearing “dwarfs” should be small. Look at the size of the leaf! The trees are 1’ over my 6’ block wall already. When they were planted (I wish I had a photo), the trunks were the size of a pencil and they were about 18" tall and were in a small liner pot. I’m pretty much convinced these need to be removed. They are 3.5’ from the wall which I figured wouldn’t be an issue if they were small.
Okay, thanks Richard. Still wondering about these being true Nigras as I have a Noir de Spain and it is growing SLOW! I had thought they were slower growing but maybe it is on Alba root stock as you said.
sorry @sarahw but the photos show enough details to conclude it is not a nigra. Not sure if @Richard is affiliated with dave wilson, but dave wilson’s tag is enough proof they have no idea what true nigra’s are— or what a nigra looks like(the picture on the tag depicting the purported nigra is an impostor)
they do grow slow in our respective climates. Nigras will grow faster in OR and WA or northern ca, but only if calipers are ~1" or more. A 0.5 cm caliper nigra can’t possibly undergo a 5 ft growth spurt in phx, and not even in or and wa, or no. ca.
and even most ‘big and old nigras’ you see being sold at nurseries are actually grafted high on albas, just to make them look big and seasoned.
below are a couple of nigras we bought from star nursery(do you have star nursery in phx)?
was peeved the nursery trimmed these just so they could cram more trees in tight spaces, but figured still worth it since the calipers above graft are quite thick
whitmanfarms.com is probably the only reliable source. Only problem is that the website does not allow online purchases, so you have to call and give them your credit card number details, or send a check.
am sure burntridge has the real deals too, until lately, when they too-- seem befuddled with the ‘everbearing black beauty morus nigra’.