The mulberries are ripening on the 2 mulberry trees that were on our property when we moved in a few years ago. I believe they are morus rubra.
We have a flock of cedar waxwings that have taken up residence in the trees and are going to town.
These particular mulberries have a fairly flat taste. Our children like the sweet flavor, but I am ambivalent toward them. With any luck, we will try to pick a few quarts for making preserves.
These are really big trees, so picking the fruit is not particularly easy. We'll have to bring a ladder out. I am also thinking of attaching a rope ladder to the bottom branch so the children can climb into the tree and do the picking.
Black mulberries - morus nigra - have a much better reputation in terms of taste. Consequently, I planted four Black Beauty morus nigra mulberries from Burnt Ridge Nursery this Spring. They are planted on stocky, low grafted rootstock and should grow in bush form for easier picking.