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Best shahtoot mulberry is red or white?

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worldztraveller starts with ...
I need a mulberry primarily as a fast-growing deciduous shade tree (unless you can recommend an alternative). Black will stain the paving and is slower growing, so I'll have to get white or red (I'll grow a dwarf red in a pot).

I haven't eaten a shahtoot before so don't know what tastes better. I also don't know if red shahtoot stains paving. If it does stain then the choice is easy.
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4th May 2018 10:01am
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Fruitylicious1 says...
Hi Worldz

If you are concerned about staining, white shahtoot is the one to go. Apparently, it is sweeter than the other two.

Happy gardening :-)
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David01 says...
Hi worldztraveller,

I have 3 Mulberry trees. Dwarf red Shahtoot grows very slow about 0.5m in one season. While the Dwarf black and white Shahtoot grow super fast over 2 m for the same period. In terms of taste, Shahtoot is sweet but just one dimension, not like Strawberries or Raspberries. White Shahtoot is sweeter than red Shahtoot. Cheers
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Original Post was last edited: 4th May 2018 8:39pm
ivepeters says...
White is like a sugar hit, it is the sweetest variety.
The red, personally has a raspberry cordial sort of taste.
Having more than 1 type helps to appreciate them all the more.

Whether you have mulberry stains is determined primarily by number of flying foxes in the area, not by your fruit alone.
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worldztraveller says...
I think I'll go for a black mulberry instead because of its superior flavour then. When they say it's slow growing I hope it's not very slow... I need it for shade as soon as possible!
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12th May 2018 1:33pm
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ivepeters says...
With the right conditions & depending on size planted will grow faster than most fruit trees.
I have a 15cm wide stem mulberry, cut it back severely and it grew 1.5m in a season. Temperatures where you are would be comparable with Brisbane.
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