Our first mulberry plant goes back a couple of decades. Our neighbour had a couple of spare morus alba cuttings and passed them to us. We planted those and have not looked back since.
Now we have more than twenty mature bushes in four different locations in the garden. Each is pruned to maintain a maximum height of 6 feet.
The mulberry is a very forgiving plant and is not very fussy with soil conditions. It enjoys lots of sun and frequent pruning ensures heavy fruiting.
We stagger the pruning to get berries almost every day and a drastic pruning exercise almost always guarantees a bountiful yield.
Fully ripened berries which are a rich deep red, almost black incolour, are juicy and sweet. However, since we are always competing with birds and squirrels for the berries, we usually end up picking them when they are a bright red.
The berries freeze well and are handy for tossing into salads, yogurts, dips and muffin mixes. The leaves are not wasted either and are boiled to make a refreshing tea.