How to Grow a Weeping Mulberry Tree
A weeping mulberry tree is a flowering tree that can add texture and interest to your yard. Weeping mulberries are pretty versatile and can grow in most areas. Here's how you can grow your own.
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Choose a site where you want your tree to grow. These tree's grow best in zones 4 through 8, but are pretty hardy and with some care will grow almost anywhere. The tree will flourish even in drought conditions and can be grown in sun or partial shade. It is important to remember how big these trees can get. Plan for a tree that can grow 20 feet in width and up to 50 feet high. Of course, it will take years for your tree to reach these dimensions, but you should plan for it when choosing a location for the tree.
Prepare the mulberry for planting. A weeping mulberry will transplant fairly easily. Try to choose a plant that has been balled and burlapped for transplant. You will need to remove any twine and wire that is on the tree and cut half of the burlap from the root.
Dig a hole that is 4 times the width of the root and equal to its depth. Place the tree in the hole and ensure that it's standing completely vertical. Once you know it's straight add some of the original soil back to the ground. This will help to stabilize the plant. Fill the hole with water to help to prevent shock to the tree. You can then add the remaining soil to the hole.
Now you can dress the area by spreading a 4-inch layer of mulch all around the tree. The mulch placed around the planting area will help the tree retain moisture and can help prevent weeds from sprouting up.
- Avoid planting your weeping mulberry near sidewalks or driveways. The root system in these trees are very strong and can easily cause damage by lifting and cracking concrete if they are planted too closely.
- For the first couple of years you may want to stake the tree. Weeping mulberries can get very top heavy the first few years they are growing.
- Weeping mulberries love well-drained soil. If the soil isn't well drained, you may find that the tree's growth is stunted.