Morus nigra 'Wellington' | Mulberry Tree
Mulberry 'Wellington' Tree - Morus nigra - 9L pot
Highly prized for both the ornamental value and the edible fruits, which are a deep, glossy red. Heavily cropping, this deciduous tree will work well in a larger garden, as long as it is planted in full sun, out of cold, drying winds. Avoid remedial pruning, since mulberries 'bleed' sap from the cuts; only prune during the dormant season, about a month after leaf fall. This tree can also be grown in containers for up to 15 years, if watered carefully during the summer months.
- Comes in a: 9L polypot (not a rigid pot)
- Height on arrival: 120-150cm
- Arrives in a: 150cm carton
- Tree is approx 2 years old with a 1 year old rootstock
- Flower Colour: White
- Foliage Colour:Green
- Approx. Growth Height: Up to 12m
- Rootstock: Black mulberry
- Flowering Period: Spring (April - May)
- Harvesting Period: August
- Season of Use: August - September
- Growing Habit: Bush, cordon, espalier, fan
- Uses: Eating fresh
- Hardiness: Fully hardy
- Exposure: Exposed, sheltered
- Self pollinating: yes
- Rate of Growth: Fast
- Scented: Barely
- Wildlife friendly - attracts bees and other pollinating insects
- Light Requirements: full sun
- Soil Requirements: neutral, clay, loam, sand
- Moisture: moist, well-drained, moderately fertile
Fruit trees will only produce fruit if their flowers have been pollinated. This is usually done by flying insects such as honey bees, bumblebees, flies, wasps etc. This tree is self-pollinating; it produces compatible flowers that can pollinate each other. However, even self-fertile varieties tend to crop better when another cultivar is planted nearby for pollination. Although this is not necessary to produce fruit, it will offer improved crops. The two trees will have to be near each other for the pollination process to be successful.
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.
Please note: where your plant is supplied with a pot, your plant's 'Height on Arrival' includes the pot
Suited to almost all well-drained and moderately fertile soils with pH between 6.5 and 7.5 in an exposed or sheltered location in full sun. Before planting your tree, clean up all wandering weeds and keep a clean ring around the tree base. Water well during the first year until well established. Autumn is the best season for planting fruiting trees, as the soil moisture and heat allow easier and faster root establishment and regeneration of damaged root systems. Keep a planting distance of 5m-10m with 4.5m between rows.
Water young trees regularly until roots are well established. Trim annually from mid to late summer. Apply some fertilizer in spring in order to promote healthy growth and a good crop. Optionally, mulch in spring. Check tree ties regularly and loosen any if necessary to avoid rubbing of the stems.
Advice on hot and droopy plants
If your plants are looking a little wilted right now, don’t worry! Plants like to be filled with water to keep their structure, and when it’s hot that water evaporates.
Just give them an off-schedule watering and they’ll be right as rain in no time! Be careful not to flood them - plants don’t like extremes.
A containerised tree can be planted at any point during the year unlike a bare root one. As long as the ground that it is planted in is not frozen or waterlogged the tree should be able to establish itself in any season. When planting your tree make sure that it has been watered and that it is in a suitable position where it can recieve plenty of sunshine and shelter from cold winds.
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