How to Plant a Mulberry Tree

Overview

Mulberry trees come in varieties ranging from dwarf mulberry, only a few feet tall, to the white mulberry tree, which can reach a height of 80 feet. Mulberry trees are often selected for the long, delicious and sweet tasting fruits they bears or their beautiful foliage. Mulberry trees grow quickly and will quickly provide shading to your landscape. These trees will live for more than 75 when properly planted and cared for.

Step 1

Find a location for your mulberry tree that provides plenty of sun and well-drained soil. Space the trees at least 15 feet apart, if you are planting more than one mulberry tree.

Step 2

Use the shovel to dig a hole for the mulberry tree the same depth of the container holding the tree, but three to four times wider. Run the rake down the sides of the hole to loosen the dirt to make it easier for the roots to spread.

Step 3

Remove the tree from the container. Inspect the roots for damage and use a sharp knife to cut away any found.

Step 4

Loosen up or untangle the roots, if necessary. Carefully place the mulberry tree in the hole and spread the roots out.

Step 5

Use the shovel to fill the hole halfway with the removed soil. Check to make sure the tree is straight.

Step 6

Thoroughly water the tree to remove air pockets in the soil. Finish filling the hole with soil and then water the mulberry tree again to get rid of any remaining air pockets.

Step 7

Add a 3 to 4-inch layer of mulch around the base of the tree going out at least 3 feet from the trunk. Leave 3 to 6 inches of space between the mulch and the tree trunk.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Rake
  • Knife
  • Mulch

References

  • California Rare Fruit Growers: Mulberry Fruit Facts
  • Edible Landscaping Online: Geraldi Dwarf Mulberry
  • Gardening Central: Weeping Mulberry Tree

Who Can Help

  • Online Tips: Mulberry Tree Planting
  • TyTy: Mulberry Trees
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