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20140902_165118sHe had guilt written all over his face and scampered away faster than I could say Jack Robinson.

The squirrel had been feasting on my red shahtoot! And this was despite wrapping the berries in netting!20140810_083544

The netting may have deterred the birds, these quicksilver creatures just grabbed the berries, netting and all, and sucked them dry.

I held the flimsy netting with the pitiful remains of what had been succulent berries just minutes earlier. All the ripening shahtoots had been eaten.

What’s the big deal, one may ask? After all the shahtoot is just another mulberry and I have lots of that.

20140823_103309But while the other mulberries in the garden are tart, the Morus Macroura is nectar sweet. The tassel-like berries which measure up to four inches long is definitely no ordinary mulberry. The Morus Macroura or red shahtoot is clearly in a league of its own.

The problem is, the birds, squirrels and ants love it too much. Procuring the plant might have been a huge challenge, but guarding the berries is definitely a bigger one.

Care and propagation: Full sun, water moderately, most soils. Propagate by using cuttings (I have not succeeded yet) or by grafting

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