Shahtoot, Mulberry, Tuti ( Big Leaves ) - Plant

Morus, a genus of flowering plants commonly known as mulberries.
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About Shahtoot

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.

Plant Specifications

Plant Height19 inch (48 cm)
Plant Spread 4 inch (10 cm)
*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Shahtoot, Mulberry, Tuti
Maximum Reachable Height Up to 10 m
Flower Colour White
Bloom Time Early autumn or May
Difficulty Level Easy to grow

Planting and care

  • 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.

    Shahtoot 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 Full sun
    Watering Keep the soil moist
    Soil Moist, loamy soil
    Temperature 20 to 28 degrees C
    Fertilizer In late winter, apply a general purpose fertilizer. In spring, apply a mulch of organic matter such as well-rotted manure.
    Harvest Season Late spring and summer

    Shahtoot special feature


    Shahtoot uses

    Ornamental Use:

    • It can be used as a foliage plant

    Medicinal Use:

    • This plant is used in many pharmaceutical preparations

    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

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    How to grow mulberry plant?

    Mulberry trees should be planted in full sun with no less than 15 feet (5 m.) between trees, ideally in warm, well-draining soil such as deep loam. Ensure the soil is not remain wet. Once the mulberry tree growing in container establishes, water moderately when it is needed, you can observe it by poking the finger in top 1 inch surface of the soil. Reduce watering in winter if growing in cooler season.

    When to plant mulberry bush?

    Mulberry is mainly planted in the month of July – August.

    Are mulberry poisonous?

    No, mulberries are not poisonous

    Where to plant mulberry bush?

    Plant mulberry bush outdoor where it will get bight direct sunlight

    How to eat mulberry fruit?

    You can mix fresh mulberries with other fruits, add them to smoothies, put them in salads, or just eat them as they are.

    How to propagate mulberry plant?

    You can propagate a mulberry plant through seeds or cuttings.

    Can you plant a mulberry tree in a pot?

    Yes you can plant a mulberry tree in pot

    Can you eat mulberry fruit?

    Yes, you can eat mulberry fruit.

    Does mulberry fruit have seeds?

    Yes mulberry fruit has seeds

    When to plant mulberry seeds?

    Plant mulberry seeds in the month of July – August.

    What is mulberry plant?

    Morus, a genus of flowering plants in the family Moraceae

    How to prune mulberry plant?

    Pruning trees should be started when the tree is quite young and the scaffold branches have grown to the height you wish for in the canopy. Always cut the smaller branches back to their base on the scaffold. A round callused knob will form over the years. Always cut to the knob but not into it. Do not leave a stub that is more than ½ inch (1 cm.) at the knob.

    How to plant mulberry cuttings?

    1 Prepare a rooting container before gathering the mulberry cutting. Fill a 6-inch square pot with a mix of half perlite and half coarse sand. Pour water onto the mixture and let it drain for 20 minutes. 2 Gather a 4- to 6-inch-long cutting from a lateral mulberry branch. Choose one with soft, pliant growth at the tip and semi-hardened wood at the base of the stem. 3 Sever the cutting at a 45-degree angle just below a set of leaves. Use sharp, sturdy bypass shears to sever the cutting. Strip off the foliage along the lower half of the cutting's stem. 4 Poke a planting hole in the center of the perlite mixture. Make the hole just long enough to hold the hormone-treated end of the cutting. Insert it into the planting hole and press the perlite mixture snugly against the stem. 5 Place the potted mulberry cutting in a lightly shaded cold frame or outdoors in dappled shade. Shield it from direct sun, because the heat and intense light will stress the cutting.

    When to plant mulberry cuttings?

    Plant Mulberry cuttings in late spring or early summer


    Wednesday, 22 January 2020

    Awesome packing for live plant.?

    Marudadu RajyaLakshmi

    Wednesday, 27 November 2019

    Plant is in good health.. I m really happy with this little one.

    Dhiraj Gome

    Sunday, 17 November 2019

    Got the plant in excellent shape. Looks great!

    Mariam Javed
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