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Morus nigra

Black mulberry Tree
  • From £49.99 (VAT Free)
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Morus nigra produces masses of black and red mulberries, which are particularly special fruits as they are not often found in shops. The fruits are around 3cm long and have a slightly acidic flavour. They can be eaten straight from the tree or used for culinary purposes.

Known as the Black or Common mulberry tree, it is domed or rounded in shape and has attractive gnarled bark. The large foliage is heart shaped and turns a glorious yellow in the autumn.

AKA Black Mulberry tree, Common Mulberry

  • Latin name: Morus nigra
  • Common name: Black Mulberry tree
  • Cropping time: August
  • Flavour: Tasty, slightly acidic
  • Pollination: Self fertile
  • Sun: Full sun

Planting Advice for Morus nigra Trees

Our pot grown Mulberry trees can be planted at any time of the year, whereas bare root Mulberry trees need to be planted between November and March. Start by removing weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. To help the tree establish more effectively, sprinkle root grow in the hole.

Remove the pot, gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole. Mix 50% of the original soil with 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Avoid banking the soil up around the collar of the tree. We recommend planting Mulberry trees with a stake and tie to ensure the roots are well anchored - instructions are in the planting guide.

Aftercare Advice for Morus nigra Trees

If you’re planting Mulberry trees in spring or summer, water well for the first few months. Increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little. Keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for several growing seasons and if needed, use a rabbit guard to protect the tree.

Top tip: To check if the soil requires further water, dig a finger into the soil a few centimetres. If the soil feels even slightly moist, it does not need further watering. If it feels dry, water and repeat this test again.

Pruning Morus nigra Trees

Prune Mulberry trees when they are dormant. Remove damaged, diseased or crossing branches.

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within a week of placing the order (please allow up to 12 working days during busy periods). There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is left via the checkout.

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date.

Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is given on the basket page. Orders will be despatched when all trees are ready.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees under 1.5 metres in height) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 trees delivered by pallet (inc. mature Japanese Maples): £19.95 + vat

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

Mature and pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode rather than quantity (starts from £48 + vat).

Northern Ireland and Non Mainland UK

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system. Take care to buy a true multi-stem like all ours and not those that are 3 saplings in a pot to cheaply imitate them.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Clump: Several plants in one pot that can give the appearance of a multi stemmed and very bushy tree.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height:

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Morus nigra Form: Pruned & Shaped Tree Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 10L pot Morus nigra Price £49.99 (VAT Free)
Pruned & Shaped Tree 150-200cm 10L pot £49.99 (VAT Free)
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Morus nigra Form: Standard Tree, 8-10cm girth Supplied Size: approx 3.0-3.5m Root type: 28L pot Morus nigra Price £179.99 (VAT Free)
Standard Tree, 8-10cm girth approx 3.0-3.5m 28L pot £179.99 (VAT Free)
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Total: £0.00 (VAT Free)
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