Plant of the Month for October: The mulberry tree

  • Dwarf mulberries or well pruned standards can be kept low and shrub like with judicious pruning. (daleysfruit.com via Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Mulberry flowers are small with long pollen loaded stamens. (commons.wikimedia.org via Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Mulberry trees produce lots of tasty treats during a long fruit season. (wholesalenursery.com via Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Mulberries develop from immature white to pink to red to fully ripe dark purple fruit. (Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

I’m currently enjoying the fruit from the mulberry tree in my backyard and thought you might want to try growing this tree as well. Mine produces dark purple fruit that is a sweet, juicy and a healthy treat. The tree grows fast, is easy to maintain and has been virtually problem-free.