Date: 4/27/17 11:35 am From: Jerry Davis
<jwdavis...> Subject: Re: 17 species on my mulberry
Yes many people eat them if they can find red mulberries before the other critters. The fruit also makes good jelly.
In addition to the Native Plant nurseries in our state, the Arkansas Forestry Commission sells seedlings. https://www.ark.org/afc2/seedlingsales.php For red mulberry they are $20 for 25 and $30 for 100. The Red Mulberry seedlings sell out fast and you cannot delay in the process. Read the process at their website.
I think you place the order in the Fall and they pull them in early spring and you go pick them up. I picked mine up at the processing center east of Little Rock. I planted mine direct, but in hindsight I would have had better survival from deer and drought if I had planted them in pots until they were larger. There is no way of knowing if the seedlings are male or female when purchased. Larger trees from Native Plant Nurseries can give a big jump in years and establishment. Other seedlings sold with soft mast are Blackgum, Persimmon, and sugarberry. The sweetgum which many people also dislike due to the seed pods provide seeds for 25 species of birds and should also be considered. Whether in the market for seedlings for bird habitat or not, all should be aware of this service by checking the link above. Other state Forestry commissions also provide trees for purchase. One thing to remember is that Arkansas Forestry Commission also sells the Sawtooth Oak from China. They have been reminded of this many times that this is a non-native but they continue to do so mainly for acorn production.
Jerry W. Davis
Hot Springs, AR
From: Judy & Don
Sent: Thursday, April 27, 2017 1:00 PM
Subject: Re: 17 species on my mulberry
I love to eat red mulberries too, as do the birds.
Where did you get your mulberry trees, Jerry?
Thanks for the good info, I did not know they are dioecious.
On Apr 27, 2017, at 11:39 AM, Jerry Davis <jwdavis...> wrote:
Thanks for sharing. There are at least 38 species that eat red mulberries. There are not many people that support planting red mulberry trees in there yard for birds most with the lame excuse and phobia that birds will poop on their car or mess on their side walks. I planted 29 red mulberry trees in my yard and my biggest problem is getting them above the level that deer eat them and in surviving the drought. Red mulberry has a male and female tree with the females having the fruit but the males are needed for pollination and a great supporter of native insects which is bird food.
Jerry W. Davis
From: Ragupathy Kannan
Sent: Thursday, April 27, 2017 10:39 AM
Subject: 17 species on my mulberry