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Does anyone know if mulberry trees have widespread root systems and what sort of height they grow to?

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They are enthusiastic growers. Best to keep them away from sewer pipes and house foundations. The trees are deciduous (like Figs) and using a saw, loppers or secateurs, the Mulberry tree can be any height you choose. Left un-checked, a Mulberry like a Fig and some Mangoes, can be many metres high and wide - 10, 20 metres high and wide is not uncommon for an old Mulberry left to grow how it will. If you want to tame one, you need to prune it after fruiting, reducing the limbs by at least a third. Every now and then, reduce it to little more than a stump or it will get away from you.

They do have a deep root system - makes them great guild companions to citrus apparently, due to citrus having surface roots.  Mulberries will never get as big as fig and mango threes tho.

And as Elaine mentioned, they don't mind a prune so you can keep them quite compact if you can give them the ongoing attention.

Depends Jodie ... I've seen Mulberries cover a substantial part of a house block. If pruning to keep size in check, that must start early on so as not to shock the tree too much (personal opinion).

The Dwarf Mulberry cuttings you gave me Elaine - any idea how big they would grow if left unchecked?

No idea Lissa. Mine gets regularly pruned. Sometimes 'dwarf' is relative ... Dwarf Ducasse Bananas are 3 metres - not 'dwarf' to me and Dwarf Avocados are around the same. Three metres as opposed to 10 metres is dwarf, I suppose.

Time will tell then :)

The cuttings are managing to survive even in this dry. I give them water once or twice a week but I don't think it's enough to wet down deep where it's needed.

Hmmm, might have to rethink that then...

My understanding is that dwarf species refers to the rootstock and a cutting from the grafted tree will not be dwarf unless it is not grafted at all.  Do you know if it is?  There will be a graft scar around the main stem if it is.

It doesn't look grafted and nor does the 'dwarf' Fig look grafted. With deciduous trees if you can start on them when they are young, they get to whatever size you decide.


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