How to Prune a Weeping Mulberry Tree


The weeping mulberry (Morus alba) is a deciduous flowering tree that grows wild through Asia and North America. It has weeping branches with bright green leaves and berries that can be purple, pink, white or red. It can grow up to 50 feet tall and 20 feet wide and live as long as 100 years. Prune weeping mulberry trees to enhance their appearance and allow for more air and light circulation.

Step 1

Prune weeping mulberry in the dormant season, after the leaves have fallen off and there is no longer growth of any kind. Pruning it during the growing season can damage the tree.

Step 2

Identify the branches you no longer want growing. This may include entire branches or sections that sprouted off of other limbs.

Step 3

Cut unwanted branches at their beginning point. This may be where they meet the trunk of the weeping mulberry tree, or where they meet other limbs.

Step 4

Look for branches that are rubbing or crossing each other. Remove the ones that are wounded by placing the cut at the V-shaped connection it shares with another branch.

Step 5

Trim branches that are touching the ground. They can be shortened or cut all the way back to the trunk.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't cut back more than 25 percent of the weeping mulberry tree, or you can cause damage.

Things You'll Need

  • Gloves
  • Hand pruners


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