Suhosine Mulberry Tree
Not a true mulberry (from the Morus genus), but actually a nettle relative that produces a mulberry-esque fruit. Berries are small, sweet, aromatic and have a flavor similar to strawberries. They can be eaten fresh or made into a wine or jam! A very gorgeous ornamental shrub for the quasi-tropical or Asian garden it even sets fruit in a fair bit of shade. Suhosine Mulberry is caulifloric, meaning that it can produce fruit on thick, woody stems rather than just first or second year growth. A rare adaptation not often seen in the temperate world and a very ornamental one at that! This allows fruit to be pollinated and spread via critters that can’t climb or fly.
While this species is said to be dioecious our clone produces an abundance of fruit without a male plant nearby. it is quite likely the cultivar known as ‘Elite’ though we are not positive about that. Another gift from the great Sean Hogan of Cistus Nursery who gives us just about everything with the specific epiphet “edulis”. Thanks Sean!
Latin Name: Debregeasia edulis
Site and Soil: Full sun to almost full shade in evenly moist soil.
Rootstock Description: Self-rooted
Hardiness: Root hardy to at least 0º F. but shoots will be damaged at 15º F or below.
Size at Maturity: 8 ft. in height by 6-8 ft. width
Bloom Time: Flowers begin opening in late June and continue all summer
Pests & Diseases: Not bothered by pests or diseases.
USDA Zone: 7