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Characteristics: Evergreen tree to 15 m spread 5 m
Seeds per packet: 30
The Black Mulberry is a fast growing dense round-topped tree bearing sweet creamy-white or pink fruits in spring. It has glossy dark green leaves which yellow and fall in autumn.
Make an excellent shade tree with its large cool green leaves and spreading canopy.
Native to China.
Prefers a light to medium well-drained soil in an open sunny position.
Cold stratification of 30 days is recommended for this species. This can be replicated by cold stratification in the refrigerator or alternatively over wintering in the garden in cold climates will assist germination.
Cold treatment is not critical for germination to occur but should give increased germination rates.
Seed are best sown in spring. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 16-22°C
General note: Seeds of many plants are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.