How to Plant a Weeping Mulberry Tree

Overview

Weeping mulberry (Morus alba) is a native tree to China. It is known for its twisted growth, weeping branches and umbrellalike form. The weeping mulberry tree can easily be grown in USDA hardiness zones 5 through 8. It will reach heights of 30 to 50 feet and spreads of 15 feet. Weeping mulberry trees will be male or female. To get the female trees to produce fruit, you must also plant a male tree in your landscape.

Step 1

Choose a planting site in full sunlight that has well-draining soil.

Step 2

Dig a planting hole that is four times as wide and equally as deep as the rootball or tree container.

Step 3

Place the tree into the hole. The top of the rootball should be right at or an inch or two below ground level. Backfill soil into the hole until it is half full.

Step 4

Water the planting hole. Allow the water to drain completely.

Step 5

Fill the rest of the hole with soil. Gently tamp down around the planting site to remove air pockets and to stabilize the soil around the tree.

Step 6

Place a 6- to 8-foot tree stake into the ground beside the tree. Use twine or garden wire to loosely tie the tree to the stake. Ties should be made every 6 to 8 inches.

Step 7

Add a 4-inch layer of compost or mulch around the tree to a minimum diameter of 12 inches.

Step 8

Water the tree twice weekly during its first two growing seasons. Plan to water weekly starting in the third growing season.

Step 9

Add a granular, slow-release, balanced tree fertilizer to the planting site in early spring. Fertilization should be done prior to new growth. Read and follow dosage instructions on the fertilizer label.

Tips and Warnings

  • Staking the tree is necessary because the tree is top heavy.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • 6- to 8-foot tree stake
  • Twine or garden wire
  • Mulch or compost
  • Granular, balanced tree fertilizer
  • Pruning shears or pruning saw

References

  • Colorado Trees: Weeping Mulberry
  • Virginia Tech University: White Mulberry

Who Can Help

  • USDA: Plant Profile Morus Rubra L
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