*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.
Stubbs Everbearing:Morus rubra hybrid This isn’t a 100% positive ID for this tree, but this is as close as we’re going to get. Another find by fruit explorer Taylor Malone, as he uncovered a map showing a location of where a Stubbs was once planted. This tree, according to the caretaker, is a pain in the ass due to the amount of fruit it drops. He has contemplated cutting it down several times, but luckily it is so large that such an undertaking isn’t all that simple. When I was collecting budwood from this tree in late June, 1 inch fruits were raining down, with plenty of unripe white fruit spread through the canopy. Every 5 seconds, a few fruit would drop from the tree. The back of my white t-shirt was splotched and speckled purple by the time I left.
Mulberry Traits: With all of that said, this selection (which is likely Stubbs) drops fruit from Mid May through at least mid-July in zone 6b. Interestingly enough, I have ripe and unripe fruit in October on the trees that I budded in early July, lending it more towards a ‘foreverbearing.’ It produces a dark red/purple berry, which was around an inch in size in late June (more than likely larger earlier in the season) and is another prolific bearer. Great for hogs, chickens and people. Good balance of sugar and acid with a definite “berry” flavor. Seemingly resistant to popcorn disease from our few interactions with this tree over the past 2 years. *This cultivar has a $2/tree royalty
**These trees are budded and between 2 and 3 feet in height, growing on rootstock that is 1-2.5 inches in caliper. These trees will be bare root, 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.**