Here is our first page in sorting through the mystery of the mulberry trees around the farm. These images taken in early June are of what I believe to be one of several black mulberry trees growing on the property.
The black mulberries tend to grow in sunnier locations with a larger crown, although overall they are not particularly tall trees. In coming days, I’ll have a few images to share looking at the whole tree.
What leads me also to my conclusion besides the growth habit are the leaves – all of the suspected black mulberry trees have only very occasional instances of irregular lobes, which seems a particular characteristic of the little red mulberries growing in the shadier spots.
When these images were taken, the berries were only just starting to ripen on some trees. I never did get a chance to taste those ripe black, purple, and red berries – the birds were far too fast for me!