May 18

Dwarf everbearing mulberry, why you should never grow it


This fruiting tree is everywhere, most brick and mortar nursery sell it, it’s also on starbros, logees, and even on Amazon! But it’s lackluster in many ways and there are much better option when it comes to mulberry.

It’s not what you think it is

Under the name dwarf everbearing mulberry, there are at least two distinct cultivars. It’s impossible to know which one you’re going to get!

Also people label them as morus nigra, a very appreciated genus of mulberry. Unfortunately this is a naming mistake that’s propagated everywhere online and in nurseries! This couldn’t be further from the truth.

According to which is the place to go to for getting deep into this tree, it’s a morus alba, often falsely identified as Morus nigra.

Popular opinion says that Nigra is the best tasting of all mulberries. So I guess that might be why nobody corrects misnaming….

Taste is OK but nothing to write home about

Dwarf everbearing mulberry fruits are tiny!

That’s the number one reason not to plant this little fruit tree. It’s a dwarf and sometimes dwarf make full size fruits but this cultivar makes very very small, less than 1/2 inch fruits!

See the picture here:

dwarf everbearing mulberry fruit
Dwarf everbearing mulberry fruits are tiny!

Even if the tree is prolific, the berries are so small that you’re always left wanting for more!

This is quite disappointing… I mean, imagine waiting 2 seasons for fruit, or even more when growing from a T/C culture tree. Only to find out the fruit is so small. You need 5 or more of them to get any kind of taste in your mouth…

There are much better options, dwarf too

You need to look for cuttings and plants online, I’ve not seen other dwarves in nurseries. These varieties are just as productive if not more but produce bigger fruits and are equally healthy trees:

  • Jan’s Best Dwarf Everbearing: Larger fruit and more disease resistant than the “standard” ‘Dwarf Everbearing’ (above). One of ‘Jan’s Best’ survived a zone 5 winter. 
  • World’s Best: Dwarf Asian cultivar. Might be the same as Thai dwarf, early fruit might not be as flavorful as expected but gets better over time.
  • Dwarf mulberry ‘Issai’: Suited for humid climates. Late freezes can be a problem. Very prolific, producing large but poor quality fruit. 

If you already have a standard dwarf everbearing mulberry, don’t worry, you can top work it. You can graft cuttings of the varieties above and quickly ripen much better fruits without having to wait years for establishment!


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  1. Hello,

    Great blog. However, I can’t believe that you left out mentioning GERARDI dwarf mulberry variety. That one is probably the best of all dwarf varieties.

    1. Hi Ken, interesting, I haven’t grown this one so I can compare it but you’re right I should have mentioned it.
      What’s been your experience with Gerardi?

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