Propagating Chinese Mulberry Trees


The Chinese mulberry (Cudrania tricuspidata), also known as che, is native to Asia. Depending on how it is trained when young, Chinese mulberry can grow as a deciduous tree (to 25 feet tall) or a large bush. The plant's fruit is described as a cross between a mulberry and a lychee, according to the California Rare Fruit Growers. Chinese mulberry seed does not store well. so it generally is propagated from softwood cuttings taken in mid-summer. ‭

Step 1

‭Determine if the stems are at the appropriate stage for cutting. Bend a stem to see if it snaps, which would indicate softwood and is suitable for propagation. ‭

Step 2

Cut a 6-inch piece of the stem 1 inch below a leaf node. Place it on top of a moist paper towel in a plastic bag. Seal the bag and keep it out of the direct sun.

Step 3

‭Fill a planting pot with moist sand. Poke a planting hole into the soil with a finger. Place craft sticks into the soil next to the rim of the pot, one each at the top, bottom and either side. ‭

Step 4

Remove the cutting's lower leaves. Dip the bottom of the cutting into rooting hormone. Tap the cutting on the side of the container to remove excess hormone.

Step 5

‭Stick the cutting into the prepared soil and pack the sand around it. Spray the cutting with water from a misting bottle. ‭

Step 6

Place the pot in the plastic bag. Adjust the bag over the craft sticks so that the plastic is not touching the cutting. Place the pot in a well-lit area, out of direct sunlight. Spray the soil periodically with water to maintain consistent moisture. The cutting should root within four weeks.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • ‭Planting pot
  • ‭Coarse sand
  • ‭Rooting hormone
  • ‭Craft sticks
  • ‭Transparent plastic bag
  • ‭Plant misting bottle


  • ‭California Rare Fruit Growers: Che ‭
  • ‭Fine Gardening: Propagate Your Shrub From Softwood Cuttings
  • "Physiology of Temperate Zone Fruit Trees"; Miklos Faust; 1989
Keywords: Chinese mulberry cuttings, propagate Chinese mulberry, grow Chinese mulberry

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