The mulberry tree is part of the Morus genus and contains 12 different species that can be found all across the world, two species being specific to North America. This mulberry dates back to over 5000 years ago and has been introduced to many countries across the world, gaining popularity in the process.
Mulberry trees are famous fruit treats tracing back to ancient civilizations. They were first brought to America in 1733 by General Oglethorpe to cultivate silk production in Georgia. Since that time, the mulberry tree took off, being documented by famous botanist William Bartram and President George Washington. The early Americans had hoped that the mulberry trees would establish a prominent silk trade in the American colonies, although this was not the case. This did not make them unuseful, however. Many countries use the mulberry tree for a variety of purposes.
The most impressive aspect of the mulberry tree is that is can grow up to ten feet each year. The berries produced will be rich and resemble cherries, ripening to a color of black, red, pink, and even white. These berries are about two inches in length and taste similar to raspberry and strawberry. These berries are great for jellies, jams, pies, or even eating straight from the tree. It ripens in early May and has become well adapted in most all parts of the United States. Recently, the mulberry tree has spiked in popularity among gardeners for both the beauty and the berries.