*Due to size of the root ball, this store is set up to only accept 'Pick Up' orders fornow. Pick up locations in Saxapahaw, NC and Purcellville, VA (also possibly Hampton, Virginia) beginning December 10, 2019. For combined orders of $2000 or more, I may be willing to transport to you for the price of fuel.
Serrago Everbearing:Morus rubra hybrid This amazing cultivar was very likely sent out from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in the late 30s as part of their breeding work. The TVA focused on collecting, breeding and distributing fruit and nut trees to feed livestock, and their extensive nursery shipped trees all over the Eastern US. The mother tree was discovered by Taylor Malone in East Tennessee.
Traits:Serrago begins to drop in mid-May (zone 6b) and the first flush of fruit is around 1.5 inches in size. When this tree starts to drop mulberries, the sidewalks (50 feet away) turn purple. This mulberry then lightly showers mulberries until the next big fruit flush, happening in early June and bearing slightly smaller fruits. Again, the tree lightly showers fruit until another big flush in Mid-June, with smaller fruit this time as well. This continues into Mid-July. The fruit is dark purple, delicious, highly resistant to popcorn disease and as stated above: abundant. Likely fruit is sterile, as you would expect loads of seedlings in surrounding hedges and such given the prolific bearing nature of this tree. Though this tree is fit for human consumption with a great tart/sweet collaboration going on , this cultivar would also excel in feeding pigs and chickens, as it dumps fruit from Mid-May into July. You could easily get a whole broiler batch raised and finished on these mulberries if you planted them along where you move your chicken tractor. This cultivar has a $2/tree royalty*
**These trees are budded and between 4 and 6 feet in height, growing on rootstock that is 1-2.5 inches in caliper. These trees will be alive, well and sleepily dormant by the time you pick them up. I am not responsible for anything that happens to them. The wood alone on these on these trees is worth the cost if you learn to propagate. Scion will not be for sale otherwise.**