Shahtoot | Mulberry | Tuti | توتی | توت

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  • Abundant producer of sweet medium-sized fruit
  • It can be trimmed to any height.
  • The fruit is sweet and edible and greatly relished by humans, birds and various animals, and they can be substituted for blackberries in recipes.
  • Hardy in zones 7-9 or patio
  • The starter plant you will receive is growing in a 4″ pot.
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Description for Shahtoot, Mulberry, Tuti (Small Leaves)

Morus comprises 10 to 16 species of deciduous trees. Mulberries are fast-growing when young, but soon become slow-growing.
The mulberry tree has a spreading habit and becomes crooked and gnarled with time, making an architectural feature.

It has attractive leaves. Immature fruits are white, green, or pale yellow. In most species the fruits turn pink and then red while ripening, then dark purple or black, and have a sweet flavor when fully ripe.

COMMON NAME FLOWER COLOURS BLOOM TIME HEIGHT DIFFICULTY
Shahtoot, Mulberry, Tuti White Early autumn or May Up to 10 m Easy to grow

Planting and care

Plant mulberries in spring as the soil warm up. Tolerant of a range of soils, mulberries can be grown against walls if space is limited. You can also propagate mulberry trees from cuttings. Mulching also resists heat in summer, so a top layer of mulch is a good idea for a mulberry tree growing in a warm climate. Plant the cuttings/saplings at a spacing of 75 / 105 cm x 90 cm.

SUNLIGHT SOIL WATER TEMPERATURE FERTILIZER
Full sun Moist, loamy soil Keep the soil moist 20 to 28 degrees C In late winter, apply a general purpose fertilizer. In spring, apply a mulch of organic matter such as well-rotted manure.

Caring for Shahtoot

  • Staking mulberry trees in the early years will prevent windrock, leading to good root development.
  • Shahtoot responds to applied water and nutrients.
  • Shahtoot can be pruned during winter dormancy or rainy season.

Harvesting

Late spring and summer

Typical uses of Shahtoot

Special features: Fruits

Culinary use: Berries can be collected and eaten, in addition to the leaves which are used for tea.
Mulberries are also made into pies, tarts, jellies, syrups, marmalade, juice and wine.
They can be dried and used as a snack, or in puddings or oatmeal cookies and muffins.

Ornamental use: It can be used as a foliage plant.

Medicinal use: This plant is used in many pharmaceutical preparations.

References

  • https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=642
  • http://www.heirloom-organics.com/guide/va/guidetogrowingmulberry.html
  • https://www.crfg.org/pubs/ff/mulberry.html
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