[CT Birds] Mulberry bushes or trees

Kathy Van Der Aue kathyvda at gmail.com
Fri Jun 27 09:02:02 EDT 2014


I believe that only the Red Mulberry (Morus rubra) is native.


Kathy Van Der Aue
Southport, Connecticut
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On Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 6:57 AM, Carole Donagher via CTBirds <
ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:

> I can also attest to the fantastic berry source that Mulberry trees  are
> .  I believe mine is also an Illinois variety, bought at Agway.  It is
> almost 10 years old and has grown to a (pruned) 25' high.  It too is loaded
> with small unripe berries right now which  will probably be ready to eat in
> 2-3 weeks.  It is a bit messy but most of the berry scraps are eaten since
> it is planted in a grassy area.  It doesn't even require a lot of sun.  The
> mess might be noticed if children play in the area.
>
> My resident pair of bluebirds teach their summer young off of that tree,
> and my 4-5 robin families in the area strip it clean quickly.
>
> Carole Donagher
> Farmington
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> On Thursday, June 26, 2014 10:54 PM, Roy Harvey via CTBirds <
> ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
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> While I have heard wonderful things about the way birds are attracted to
> mulberry trees, an expert warned me long ago about the mess they make.
> Anyone planting them near cars, patios, pools, or anything else that you
> might want to keep from getting really, really messy should be aware of the
> issue.
>
> Back in 2007 there was a discussion on birdscaping on the list and Andy
> Brand chimed in with some very solid suggestions.  His message is in
> archives, along with the rest of the discussion.
>
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> http://lists.ctbirding.org/pipermail/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org/Week-of-Mon-20070305/000189.html
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> Roy Harvey
> Beacon Falls, CT
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> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Sailcarm via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
> To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
> Cc:
> Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2014 10:17 PM
> Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Mulberry bushes or trees
>
> Re: discussion of mulberries:  Which are the better varieties for the
> climate here in CT and for the birds?   Do any bear fruit during fall
> migration or are they mostly bearing fruit in the summer?
>
> A fellow birder once recommended a variety called Illinois ever-bearing, I
> think that was the name.
>
> Carolyn Cimino
> Waterford
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