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Morus nigra Chelsea


Amazingly delicious fruit

Ancient Mulberry trees are often seen in the gardens of stately homes but they are very easy to grow and will fruit within a few years of planting. The clusters of blackberry-like fruits are seen in late summer and can be used for a wide variety of dishes and drinks. Large leaves change colour to bright golden-yellow before falling in autumn. 


Make this slow growing beauty a focal point in a sunny spot. Happy in most soils as long as they are not too wet through the winter. 


Dig a hole that is at least twice the size of the existing container and add well rotted manure to the soil. Don't forget to stake your tree until it has established.  

The late Robert Garner named this Black Mulberry variety 'Chelsea' after rescuing the original plant, reputedly planted by King James, from the Chelsea Physic Garden when it was damaged by bombs during WWII

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental tree, Fruit tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available February - December
Season of interest Summer
Flowering May - June
Evergreen No
Plant height 300 cm - 400 cm
Plant width 150 cm - 220 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 200 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H7

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Fruiting June - August
Cropping July - August

Typically available

From February to December