Shahtoot, Mulberry, Tuti (Small Leaves) - Plant
Description for Shahtoot, Mulberry, Tuti (Small Leaves)
The mulberry tree has a spreading habit and becomes crooked and gnarled with time, making an architectural feature.It has attractive leaves and tasty fruit that are rarely found in the shops. Tolerant of a range of soils, mulberries can be grown against walls if space is limited.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Shatoot||-||Early autumn||2-15 feet.||Easy.|
Planting and care
Plant mulberries in spring as the soil warms up.
|Full sun.||Soil with a pH range of 6.5 to 8.0||Keep soil moist throughout the growing season,||Hardy to â€“25 degrees F.||Use any organic fertilizer|
Caring for Shahtoot
- Staking mulberry trees in the early years will prevent windrock, leading to good root development.
- Shahtoot is easy to establish and maintain.
- No sprays are needed since there are no known pests or diseases which attack the leaves or fruit, other than fruit eating birds.
- Shahtoot responds to applied water and nutrients with rapid growth yet survives minimum care conditions equally well.
- To obtain maximum branching on young trees it is preferrable to pinch out the terminal growth tips between thumb and forefinger when branches reach 1/2 to 1m length.
- Shahtoot can be pruned during winter dormancy with each lateralcut by approximately half.
- This also facilitates branching and maintains Shahtoot to a manageable size.
Typical uses of Shahtoot
Culinary use: It produces tasty berries which 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.