Persian White Mulberry
The Persian White Mulberry is easily the most oxymoronic fruit we’ve ever come across. This black mulberry has whitish pink fruit, yet is a true black mulberry (Morus nigra) species! Delicious, blackberry-like fruit on a spreading, long-lived tree. Slightly more cold hardy than the black fruited varieties, hardy to USDA zone 6.
Exotic, sweet, and delicious, Mulberries are very popular in Central Asia and the Middle East. Now we can grow and enjoy this juicy and nutritious fruit! Mulberry fruit resembles a Blackberry and is delicious eaten fresh and can be dried for tasty winter snacks. Mulberries are pest and disease resistant and form an attractive, small tree with dark green, tropical foliage. Along the ancient Silk Road in Central Asia, Mulberries are widely grown for their foliage, which is used to feed silkworms.
Latin Name: Morus nigra ‘Alba’
Site and Soil: Mulberries like 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
Pollination Requirements: Self-fertile.
Hardiness: Hardy to around -10° F.
Bearing Age: 2 – 3 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 12-15 ft. in height
Fruit Color: Whitish-pink
Bloom Time: Spring
Ripening Time: July to September
Yield: 15-25 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Mulberries are not bothered by pests or diseases.
USDA Zone: 7b