Chaparral Weeping Mulberry
If you want a showy specimen tree in a hurry, Chaparral Weeping Mulberry is your guy. This male selection (read: no messy fruits) of the White Mulberry tree is a fast-growing tree with a distinctive weeping habit that will make a fine focal point in any of the landscape beds around your home. Unlike Weeping Willows, Cherries, or Beeches, it keeps itself to a manageable size and is perfect for smaller properties. Those with hectic lifestyles will appreciate the low demands this easy-care tree will place on their time. Kids will love the secret playspace they'll discover under its branches!
- Hardiness Zone: 5-8
- Spacing: 8-12'
- Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
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White Mulberry hails from China, where it has been a major part of the silk industry for almost 4,000 years. Silkworms eat the Mulberry leaves, then spin cocoons, which are harvested for the raw silk wound up inside. There was a brief silk industry chapter in American history in the 1830s, when silkworm eggs and Mulberry trees sold for outrageous prices. But making silk turned out to be incredibly labor-intensive, and the market crashed. No one seems to know where or when the variety ‘Chaparral’ originated, but the name would indicate the Western U.S.
Quite a unique tree if we say so ourselves. This Weeping Mulberry is a vigorous grower with pendulous branches and lobed, glossy green leaves. An excellent tree to use as a specimen or accent in your garden (and the kids would love to sit under it's canopy). No need to worry about the messy fruit with this male selection!
How to Grow
This tree is tough as nails. It is unfazed by drought, salt, wind, or highly alkaline soils. For all these reasons, it performs well even in the arid, fire-ravaged scrublands of the Southwest. Hence, the name ‘Chaparral’? This tree is just as easy to grow in Eastern landscapes—anyplace where winter temperatures don’t drop much below -20°F. Plant two trees five feet apart and train the branches to form a room, like they did in the Children’s Garden at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis!
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Size B Trees:
5-6' Tall. This weeping form of Mulberry is pruned to begin branching about 5'. Wide and long weeping branches are fully developed. Stem caliper greater than 1 1/2". Grown and shipped in our #10 tree container.
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