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  • Eventual height: 10m
  • Eventual spread: 10m

mulberry 'Chelsea'

mulberry Chelsea ( syn. King James )

5 year guarantee RHS award of garden merit
12lt (half-standard) £79.99

This shrub is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: slow-growing
  • Flowering period: May to June
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    This mulberry is derived from the last remaining tree that was planted during the reign of King James I, at what is now known as the Chelsea Physic Garden. Sadly the original tree no longer stands (it was felled to make way for an air raid shelter in the Second World War), but fortunately cuttings were taken, and this is one of its descendents. Needless to say it's a fine, old-fashioned English variety, that produces larger than average, succulent fruits, which have a rich flavour. These tend to start appearing relatively early in the plants life (usually around 4-5 years), with full production after 7-10 years. The low, gnarled branches and handsome foliage make it a very ornamental addition to the garden.

  • Garden care: Prepare the ground well before planting. Plant in full sun out of cold, drying winds. Stake for the first few years and prune in winter, as the trees 'bleed' at other times of the year. Little pruning is needed however, only to remove low, dead, diseased or crossing branches.