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Silver Creek Nursery Ltd.

Russian Mulberry Seedling

Russian Mulberry Seedling

Species: Morus alba tatarica

History: White mulberries are native to China and India but have become naturalized in several countries including Canada. Russian Mulberries are a variety of white mulberry that, as the name implies, likely originated in Russia. It was introduced to North America in the late 1800s by Russian Mennonites for use in shelterbelts and as lumber due to its cold hardiness, and likely for the added benefit of the fruit. 

Why We Grow It: Russian Mulberries are hardy and produce heavy crops of white, mildly sweet but somewhat bland berries. The trees are good fir windbreaks, attracting wildlife, and the foliage can be used to feed livestock. Just be mindful where you plant Russian Mulberries since they can hybridize with the endangered native red mulberry. 

Fruit Specs

Recommended Use: Fresh eating, preserving, windbreaks, feeding wildlife and livestock, lumber

Fruit Size: Medium

Storage: Keeps a couple days when stored in the fridge

Harvest: July - Early

Growing Specs

Canadian Hardiness Zone: 4

Soil Preference: Prefers loam but adaptable to different soil types, salt tolerant

Flowering Time: Spring - Late

Bloom Colour: Yellowish-green to reddish-green

Pollination Requirements: Self-pollinating, this variety will produce fruit without a different mulberry variety but will produce more and better fruit if one is present

Sun/Shade Requirements:

Full sun (approx. 8-10 hours of sun daily)

General Growth Habits:

Tree reaches 30ft tall at maturity, moderate vigour, quite cold hardy, produce heavy crops.

Shipping vs. Pick Up

CLICK HERE to see how shipping compares to pick up.

Shipping: Every year we ship thousands of trees across Canada (except BC due to CFIA regulations). We carefully bag roots in damp sawdust, then box them and send them out via courrier. CLICK HERE to see our shipping policy.

Pick-up: We also have thousands of trees picked up from our nursery each year. The pick-up options is free, though you must wait until you have been emailed a confirmation that your order is ready to pick up, which will have further information such as hours, locations, etc. We really appreciate if you can make an appointment to pick up, then we can be as organized as possible during our busy season.

Size at Purchase

Our ungrafted fruit tree seedlings, nut tree seedlings, berries, and other miscellaneous plants are categorized into the following sizes excluding the roots:

  • 5-15cm
  • 15cm+
  • 30cm+
  • 60cm+
  • 90cm+

All of these heights exclude the roots since seedlings and some berries will often have a lot of root growth but relatively little vegetative growth (ex. our Shagbark Hickories seedlings are often 5-15cm above the soil but will have roots that reach 20cm+ in length).

Not all of our berries and seedlings will be available in all of these grades since growth rate can vary significantly across species and even varieties. While we remain competitive in our plant size, it's also worth noting we don't use synthetic chemicals to push vegetative growth, therefore you may find conventional nursery stock larger in some instances comparatively. 

Why plant small? It's best to transplant when a plant is young so it can establish its roots before it has a lot of vegetative growth. This is much less stressful on it and bareroot plants tend to catch up and even surpass larger potted ones planted at the same time, after a few years.

Orders that are cancelled last minute due to size (being "too small"), will still incur the applicable cancellation fees if the plants are true to our grading standards as per the agreement of sale when the order was placed.

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