White Mulberry
Morus alba 'Pendula'

Family: Moraceae (mor-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Morus (MOR-russ) (Info)
Species: alba (AL-ba) (Info)
Cultivar: Pendula

Category:

Shrubs

Trees

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Spacing:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Deciduous

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

By grafting

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Phoenix, Arizona

Reseda, California

Clarkesville, Georgia

Chicago, Illinois

Wheaton, Illinois

Terre Haute, Indiana

Clermont, Kentucky

Georgetown, Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Saint Joseph, Louisiana

Whitmore Lake, Michigan

Springfield, Missouri

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Fairview, Tennessee

Lafayette, Tennessee

Talbott, Tennessee

San Antonio, Texas

Parkersburg, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

1
positive
4
neutrals
1
negative
RatingContent
Neutral

On Oct 30, 2014, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

I have seen a few old specimens in the west suburbs of Chicago back in the 1980's and 90's. They look interesting for their form. It is a grafted cultivar, so if the plant is cut low, the White Mulberry stock below will sprout back straight. I am not really fond of mutated plants, as weeping or contorted, etc., though I like the Golden Weeping Willow which is not grafted.

Negative

On Jun 5, 2012, treeswing from Springfield, MO wrote:

When I bought my house this tree was in front of my house very close to my front window and adjacent to the garage wall. I did not care for it, but a friend exclaimed - you are lucky to have one of those!!!
It is about 8 feet tall. I've had to trim it every fall because it drags on my windows, and it is so thick and tangled. Every year it gets a fungal disease. 2 years ago I decided it must need more air circulation. I go carried away and really trimmed it severely. The following spring, and this spring, it's branches grew STRAIGHT UP. Very ugly - I guess in shock? Then for the first time, this spring it made branches full of tiny sweet mulberries. YUM! But the birds don't share well. I don't know how I will trim the top - the branches are shooting up above the roof, the new ones ... read more

Neutral

On Dec 30, 2011, Hetep from Phoenix, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

There is one of these at a city of Phoenix historic home that is currently used as a Parks and Recreation office. If you want to see it the address is across from Encanto Park at the Norton House, 2700 N 15th Ave.

Neutral

On Jan 5, 2005, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

When we move to Oklahoma, we had one growing in the middle of the front flower bed. Not only was is planted in a bad area (no sun and limited space to grow in), but it was always needing pruning. It is now growing in my friends backyard about 15 minutes from my house. :)

Positive

On Nov 7, 2004, Kelvin1 from Mary Esther, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have this plant on the front (left side) of my home. I get constant compliments on its unusual and great looks. I have not been able to grow more from cuttings but I'm still trying.

Neutral

On Feb 29, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This form usually doesn't fruit, and it's usually from a graft (sometimes bud). So it's invasiveness or diluting the gene pool is a non-issue (at least for this cultivar). Does well in zone 10a, despite reports the 'normal' form does not. IT is a deciduous tree and loses leaves, in southern California, about mid December, and gets them back in early spring. Great look, especially when small enough branches drape the ground. Good tree for smaller areas.