I’m still working on sorting out the mystery of the mulberries around the farm. We have at least two varieties – the black mulberry tree, and the red mulberry tree – but so far I’m having a little trouble telling them apart.
There may even be a paper mulberry mixed in, if not others! I also understand that they can cross-breed into new cultivars, further muddying the mulberry waters.
Based on what I’ve read, black mulberries eat up sunshine, while red mulberries are happy in shade. All mulberries have been fruiting around the farm for several weeks now, much to the birds’ enjoyment.
By my observations, the deer also love the tender, young leaves on mulberries, and happily munch along each morning before the sun gets too high. I’m not quite sure yet whether the deer eat the berries.
We’ll take a closer look at the mulberries in coming days, and see if we can get this all straightened out!