5ft 'Chelsea' (King James) Mulberry Tree | 12L pot | By Frank P Matthews™
Chelsea (King James) Mulberry Tree - 12L Pot
There is a fascinating history to this black mulberry.
It is derived from a tree that existed in the 17th century, in a garden in Swan Walk, which became the Chelsea Physic Garden, during the time of King James I. During the 1939/45 war the last remaining tree was about to be grubbed to make way for an air shelter when cuttings were taken and this variety has survived ever since in the trees of this name.
Producing large and succulent fruit cropping early in life. Harvesting is best done each day. If hand picked the fruit will be bruised causing staining to fingers and clothes – children enjoy the experience of course!
For a clean operation take a large sheet and lay it under the tree and shake the boughs vigorously. Any perfectly ripe fruit will fall and are subsequently gathered with ease. An intensely rich flavour. Add sugar, microwave, seive and pour over ice cream!
- Pot Size: 12L
- Rootstock: White mulberry
- Height on arrival: 1.2-1.5m
- Harvesting Months: August
- Harvesting Period Period: Mid
- Eventual Growth Height: 4-5m
- Eventual Spread: 4-5m
- Rate of Growth: Slow
- Pollination Group: SF
- Habit: Bushy
- Uses: Jams, Eat Fresh, Baking, Liquor
- Planting Period: Jan-Dec
- Self-Fertile: Yes
- Hardiness: Fully Hardy
- Prefered Position: Full Sun
- Prefered soil type: All
- Moisture Requirements: Well Drained
- Exposure: Sheltered
Fruit trees are generally budded or grafted onto a rootstock by the nursery, this means the roots of the tree are a different plant to the trunk, branches and fruit. Effectively sticking two plants together, one that has good roots and one that has good fruit, ensures that you get what you pay for. Plants raised from seed will vary from the parent plants and there will be a wide variation in the size or shape of a tree and the quality and quantity of fruit it produces. Another result of budding and grafting a variety onto selected rootstocks is the ability to control the size of the tree to a certain degree. However, the size that a fruit tree ultimately grows to is dependent on a number of factors:
- The fruit variety ( i.e. Apple Braeburn)
- How it’s pruned
- Soil type
- Its rootstock
Where you grow your fruit tree and the soil it is growing in also impacts on its ability to grow and thus eventual size. Most fruit trees need a good amount of sunshine to grow well and for the fruit to ripen with high sugar content. Trees growing in cold, open spots will grow slower than those that are protected and warm. The same is true for the soil, with trees growing in light sandy soils generally growing more slowly and not reaching such a large size as those in rich fertile soils which will be more vigorous and taller growing.
- Pollination Group: 3 (self pollinating)
The pollination groups are numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, according to flowering time. Best results will be obtained if one variety is planted near another apple tree of the same group. In the UK, because of our longer spring, you can also choose a partner from a group on either side (so an ideal pollination partner for group 3 would be one in group 2, 3 or 4).
We have developed an eco friendly polypot that is currently in use across our 9 litre range. This polypot has less than 20% of the plastic used by a regular pot, and is importantly recyclable. Polypots also prevent root spiraling, encouraging a healthier root system.
All trees arrive in an extra thick cardboard box with a clamp to hold their pot in place. This prevents them from moving around on their journey.
Nursery staff will wrap the roots of our bare root trees and use compost to keep them moist during transportation. This extra protection prevents them from drying out, allowing for a flying start. We also use the same specialised box that our potted trees have to keep them nice and secure as they make their way to your home.
Water young trees regularly until roots are well established. Trim annually from mid to late summer - we have written a guide on how to best prune a fruit tree to ensure healthy growth and bumper crops.
Apply some fertilizer in spring in order to promote healthy growth and a good crop.
- Planting Distance: 2.4m - 3.6m with 4.5m between rows
Why Choose Frank P Matthews?
Frank P Matthews is the UK’s the finest tree growers situated on fertile lands in the heart of the picturesque Teme Valley, Worcestershire. The team produce over ½ million trees a year with over 600 varieties to choose from. Here are a just few factors that make the quality of their trees unbeatable:
|Harvesting Period||Early Season Fruit Trees|
|Harvest Month||August, September|
|Needs Ericaceous Compost?||No|
|Species||Fruit Trees, Mulberry Trees|
|Time To Cropping||2 Years|
|Annual Rate Of Growth||Medium Growing|
|Rootstock||Semi-Dwarfing Rootstock Fruit Trees|
|Supplied As||12L Pot|
|Supplied As||9L-14L Pot|
|Shop By Category||Fruit Trees|