Morus alba 'Chaparral'

Tried and Trouble-free Recommended by 1 Professionals
Common Name: white mulberry
Type: Tree
Family: Moraceae
Zone: 4 to 8
Height: 6.00 to 8.00 feet
Spread: 8.00 to 12.00 feet
Bloom Time: March to April
Bloom Description: Whitish green
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: High
Flower: Insignificant
Tolerate: Drought, Air Pollution

Culture

Grow in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Best in full sun. Tolerates heat, drought and a somewhat wide range of soils, including alkaline ones.

Noteworthy Characteristics

This white mulberry cultivar is a dwarf, deciduous tree which features weeping foliage. It is usually top-grafted to a standard white mulberry about 6' off the ground, thus producing a 6-8' tall tree with an equal or wider spread wherein all branches and foliage weep to the ground. Mulberries are dioecious (separate male and female trees). This particular cultivar is a male tree which produces no fruit. The female version of this weeping mulberry is Morus alba 'Pendula' which does produce fruit (the fruit being both a blessing and a curse... ornamentally attractive and edible, but messy). Inconspicuous greenish-white flowers appear in late spring. Glossy, usually lobed, dark green leaves (to 8" long). Fall color is a generally undistinguished yellow.

Problems

No serious insect or disease problems. Susceptible to leaf spots, bacterial blight, powdery mildew, canker, mites and scale.

Garden Uses

Dwarf size and weeping foliage are the main reasons for growing this interesting and unusual white mulberry. At the Children's Garden at the Kemper Center, two top-grafted trees have been planted approximately 5' apart, and the weeping foliage has been trained to form a flat-topped, tent-like play house for children (the weeping foliage hangs to the ground to form the sides, but is intertwined at the top between the trees to form a canopy). A good small specimen tree.