MULBERRIES what are you growing?!

Hello, Everybody!
I’m just curious of varieties that you’re growing?
I am looking to collect some good ones, and want to see whats out there.

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Hi fT!

I’m currently growing a couple of random albas (that may be one and the same) from a local Nursery and a local University.

I’m currently rooting M. alba “Shangri-la”, M. alba x rubra “Illinois Everbearing”, and M. macroura “Black Pakistan”.

I’m waiting for an opportunity to get my hands on M. macroura x alba “World’s Best” (and another one, whose name escapes me), M. alba “Tice”, M. macroura “White Pakistan” and M. nigra. I’d also like to try my hand at a white-fruited M. alba, like “Big White”. Truthfully, as long as it’s good-tasting and productive, I’d like to collect as many as I can.

The macrouras are said to take heat and lack of winter chill well, and are also said to be tasty.

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It helps if you put your zone and location in your profile. look at mine. (click on my name)
What will work depends where you are. Like I won’t try Shangri-La as it is not hardy enough for my zone.
I so far like Oscar the best but I have a few I’m trying out. I may change my mind. I also grow morus nigra that was found in zone 6. Most nigras fail to thrive in this zone. So hoping it will grow here. I ordered a rootstock to graft to and keep the mother tree protected until I can determine if it will work in ground here. If not it stays in a container.

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Dwarf everbearing, Pakistan, Morus nigra (hasn’t fruited for me yet), “Florida Giant” (I was told it was called Kampong Sweet by the curator at Fairchild Tropical Gardens) and “World’s best”.

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  • White Pakistain
  • Geraldi
  • Valdosta
  • Kokuso
  • Silk Hope
  • El Dorado
  • Thai Dwarf
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Do you have any problem with popcorn disease? I have been contemplating Silk Hope, Kokuso, Gerardi/Geraldi (seen both names). I have seen particularly that Silk Hopedoes not get popcorn around here, where Illinois Everbearing will.

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Silk Hope, Kokuso, and El Dorado are brand new in the ground for me just this month. I haven’t seen any signs of it on the others.

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Thanks- I have seen it occasionally on wild trees here, so I have been keeping an eye out for info. Didn’t know what it was last year before I started researching varieties.

Illinois Everbearing was a great mulberry for me until getting popcorn disease. Now I seldom get one edible berry from it in a season. I will be grafting Silk Hope (thanks Katy!) and Taylor #1 this year. I hope to find at least one good mulberry that will do well here. I have morus alba coming up everywhere. None of them suffer from popcorn disease, but they are all small and lacking in flavor.

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I have a nigra in a pot, but it never seems very happy. I’ve got what I think is a Gerardi Dwarf on the way to put in the ground.

I’m pretty sure I’m in a popcorn threat area, so I’ve been trying to find something both hardy and resistant.

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Illinois Everbearing
Silk Hope
Stearns
Wellington
Kokuso
Hicks Everbearing
Everloving(formerly Twisted Tree)
Lawson Dawson (local rXa hybrid)
Sicilian Black
M.rubra ‘Harmony Grove’
Corral (suspected seedling of IE)
and, a new rXa hybrid selection out of Robertson Co. TN (Thanks, KB!)

Only IE has had popcorn dz here, and it mainly hits the initial flush of berries; later ones are mostly unaffected.
Member here provided scions of 3 M.nigra selections that I’m going to try this spring…
yeah, I know nigra shouldn’t like it here, but I’m gonna try 'em… I’ve got the time and space… nothing to lose

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I like to play with them too :slight_smile: Try different cultivars. Excellent selection of mulberries Lucky!

im curious i heard silk hope doesnt get popcorn disease i grow IE here in seattle, WA so far i have been safe. does anyone know what causes popcorn disease?

Wellington
Contorted
Gerardi dwarf
(maybe creeping mulberry (m. alba) or maybe a m alba rootstock) hopefully it fruits or gets big enough to weep sometime.

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1 Wellington
3 pakistans from different countries
2 white pakistans/saharanpur from different countries
2 shangri las
1 clone 10 pakistan mulberry
1 oscar mulberry
2 illinois everbearing
1 mulberry boninensis
1 mulberry sangue e latte
3 morus nigra la Regina
2 morus nigra king james
1 morus nigra AGM
1 unknown german morus nigra
1 morus nigra aalst
1 mulberry bistrica
1 mulberry moldova pink
4 Madeira mulberries
1 Portugal mulberry - macroura type
1 gelso nero
1 mulberry black italian - might be the same cultivar as gelso nero
1 white.mulberry gelso bianco
1 mulberry gelso rosso
2 mulberries fake nigras
2 white mulberriies white fruit
1 lavendel mulberry
1 sugar cube mulberry
1 fruiting weeping mulberry
1 gerardi dwarf mulberry
1 planatifolia mulberry
1 collier mulberry
All these tree forms already

Then i still have 2 recent grafts of silk hope mulberry and a few other cultivars trying to root
I think thats it… i think

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S.figgirl
Popcorn disease is a fungal infection; sort of reminds me of corn smut - but affected drupelets are hard/woody and definitely not edible - unlike smut-infected corn kernels.

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i heard it only affects the South. Im not from the South im NW. so i dont know if that applied to me.

Saw that in that TAMU article…had not previously seen a claim that it was a ‘Southern’ thing.
We do have heat and humidity…which definitely favor fungal growth…

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in PNW we are cool and not humid so i think we shall be safe. well time will tell.

I picked up one I have been trying to get for awhile Black Prince. I don’t know much about it except that it is an alba or thought to be. Large berries and cold hardy. Seems to good to be true. I doubt it is cold hardy. I have 2 pieces and I’m grafting them each to a Russian rootstock. One I will protect in a container in the garage during winter. It never gets colder than 25F in my attached garage. The other is going in ground at my cottage. It is a survival of the fittest there. The rootstock was planted last year there. I’m also putting Oscar on the same rootstock. I split the leader on it. It’s ready to graft. If Black Prince fails Oscar will be fine. An excellent cultivar also.
I only have photos from the owner in CA
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