They are a long lived tree and some of the trees planted by James I in 1610 still stand in the grounds of Buckingham Palace today.
Mature trees can also be quite large, growing to a maximum height of 9m (30ft) so they are generally to big for many gardens. If you have space however the fruit is delicious – something akin to the loganberry (great for wines, jams and jellies, and pies), and the tree itself can be quite an elegant feature in the garden.
Mulberries will grow pretty much anywhere in Britain although they prefer a deep moist soil. They are fairly hardy, and require little or no pruning.
Most trees are supplied container grown from nurseries, so can be planted any time of year. Make sure you insert a stake for support when the tree is young.
Mulberries bleed when pruned. Limit pruning to removing dead or diseased branches.
Mulberry cuttings can be taken very easily. Select a branch that has growth at the base at least two years old, and plant deeply in its final growing position with only two buds above ground.
In fact you can even take cuttings from pretty much any healthy branch with mature wood.
Look for a Black mulberry. King James is the commonest and easiest to find.