With mul­berry trees, you can en­joy smaller ver­sions

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Last week we talked about mul­berry trees and I got a great many calls — espe­cially about their sizes.

Nowa­days most of us have smaller areas to grow trees.

A tree that takes up a quar­ter acre is not a good choice, no mater how great the tree is or how tasty the fruit it yields.

I have a choice for you ur­ban, small-lot gar­den­ers: the Ori­en­tal mul­berry tree.

I had an Ori­en­tal mul­berry tree years ago and loved it dearly.

An Ori­en­tal mul­berry tends to grow to about 6 or 7 feet tall. It will have an at­trac­tive canopy with giant can­de­labra fruit that’s about 2 to 3 inches long and hangs down in easy pick­ing range.

I named my Ori­en­tal mul­berry “Bud­dha.” It was one of my fa­vorite trees of all time, both in terms of looks and taste of the fruit.

If you have a Florida mul­berry tree in full bloom in a large con­tainer (as I do), now is the time to trim it, so that it will yield larger fruit. Also, keep wa­ter­ing it as our weather con­tin­ues to be ex­tremely dry.

If you have any ques­tions, give me a call at 561-744-4750 or e-mail me at cleren5@ aol.com.

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