Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
Mark A. Miller
MORUS alba 'Chaparral'
This beautiful weeping fruitless mulberry is a superior single specimen for modest sized yards. It is a breakthrough that resulted in vastly improved form, habit and overall beauty. Fruitless mulberries originate with a fruiting species native to China where its leaves are famous food for silk worms. In America their tolerance of extreme heat and cold led growers to find a fruitless clone that could make a resilient landscape tree, particularly in the arid West. This tree is a standard mulberry top-grafted with a male weeping clone to create a more creative specimen. The top growth will twist and turn then droop in dense masses to create an incredibly sculptural tree. The leaves are very large, oval to heart shaped and bright glossy green. Foliage turns yellow in the fall.
Chaparral does not flower nor does it produce fruit. It thrives in all soil types provided they are well drained. This tree is notoriously surface-rooted and can damage paving and foundations. It is a very fast grower if provided regular water, which is recommended to protect the scion against die out. This makes a fine dryland alternative to weeping willow, and when leafless in winter it is exceptionally attractive under night lighting.
8 - 1
3 - 8
A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
12'-15' / 3.7m - 4.6m
15'-20' / 4.6m - 6.1m
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Pollution, Drought, Salt, Soil Compaction
Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Shade Trees, Street Trees
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