Mulberry 'Wellington' Tree - Morus nigra - 9L pot

Code: TR0129
Mulberry 'Wellington' Tree - Morus nigra - 9L pot
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.


  • Flower Colour: white
  • Foliage Colour: green
  • Height on arrival: 130-150cm
  • Approx. Growth Height: 3m
  • Rootstock: black mulberry
  • Comes in a: 9L polypot (not a rigid pot)
  • Arrives in a: 170cm carton
  • Tree is approx 3 years old with a 1 year old rootstock
  • 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 - (see 'Pollination' section below)
  • 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

Q:Does Height Really Matter?

A: Not As Much As You Might Think...
One stand out specification that customers often use to judge the value of a tree is the height. So should height directly correlate with the price of a tree? No, not necessarily.
To an extent the height of a tree can give you a good indication of its maturity but you must not forget: To grow a productive, well shaped, healthy tree you must prune it back regularly, especially when young.
Our trees often grow up to 2m in the fields before we prune them back and package them ready to send out. This pruning encourages the tree to grow more, stronger branches and ensures there is a good balance between the root size and top growth. This ensures that your tree puts energy into establishing a healthy root base instead of supporting top growth, providing a better foundation for your tree in the future.
So, in summary: Dont let the extra 10/20cm you may find elsewhere sway you. You are likely to be paying extra for the delivery costs and, if you want a healthy tree in the long run, youre going to have to chop it off anyway!

Caring and Maintenance

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.


  • Planting Distance: 5m - 10m with 4.5m between rows

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.


  • Pollination Group: Self pollinating

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. The general consensus is that the two trees should be within 18m (55ft) of each other. To make things a bit easier fruit trees are categorised into different pollination groups. Just remember that the fruit must be of the same species but of a different variety; only an apple tree can pollinate another apple tree. However, if you buy two of these 'Wellington' trees, they will not offer each other any of the additional benefits of cross pollination.

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).

Fruit Benefits

These fruits taste best when freshly picked from their branches. They please even the most sophisticated of palates, and can be made into jams and preserves to bring great summer memories on autumn or winter days. Fruit plants are a valuable addition to any garden, bearing in mind that they do not only provide fruits, but also make a bold statement in garden arrangements by producing clouds of pink and white flowers, which at the slightest breeze fall like raindrops. When planning your garden, try to choose varieties with fruits that ripen from early summer to late autumn to ensure a constant supply of fresh fruits throughout the warmer months.

Optional Extras
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This is an example of our polypot - note the fruit/ornamental trees we stock will vary in appearance according to species and season.
Customer Reviews

Average Rating: 4.7/5 (9 reviews)

Rating: 5/5

"All three trees looked well and appear to be ok in the garden."

Reviewed Thursday, 30 March 2017

Rating: 5/5


Reviewed Friday, 3 March 2017

Rating: 5/5

"Good size plant, healthy."

Reviewed Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Rating: 5/5

"Fast and efficient"

Reviewed Sunday, 25 September 2016

Rating: 2/5

"At some point the leader had been cut at a metre height and the replacement leader is at a sharp angle to the stem. I fear it will split off when larger and heavier."

Reviewed Monday, 18 January 2016

Rating: 5/5

"The delivery was quick and within the number of days given. The trees were presents and were well received. Those that came in the 9L pot were more impressive for presents than the root ball but looking forward to seeing them all planted."

Reviewed Friday, 25 December 2015

Rating: 5/5

"Tree looks strong and healthy and of good height"

Reviewed Thursday, 7 May 2015

Rating: 5/5

"Great tree"

Reviewed Friday, 18 July 2014

Rating: 5/5

"Good sized plant"

Reviewed Sunday, 15 June 2014

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