Morus trilobata 'TESI UBALDO'

Morus trilobata
Morus trilobata 'TESI UBALDO'
three-lobed mulberry
SIZE/TYPE small tree
USUAL HEIGHT 3-4m
USUAL WIDTH 2-4m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS
COLOUR OF FLOWERS
BLOOMING TIME
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 5b   (down to -27°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
Rarities
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Three-lobed mulberry is a rare plant possibly from China where it was first described by Chinese botanist Siu Shih Chang. It seems to be non-existent in European horticulture where its place took a much more vigorous and larger-leaved clone, possibly a hybrid of m.alba and m.trilobata called Platanifolia - sometimes filed as a variety, sometimes as a separate species or hybrid which would probably be more accurate.

Deciduous leaves of the Chinese species have three narrow lobes out of which the central one is prominently long. Margins are entire and smooth so the leaf looks like 3 fingers. Unlike Tesi Ubaldo variety. This mulberry is very different. Its leaves are also 3-lobed but the margins are more or less incised with inward, rounded, and very decorative lobes. They are fresh green, quite glossy, and in autumn turn shining yellow in a shade similar to maidenhair autumn foliage.

The tree grows slowly unless it is pollarded or annually cut back in the same manner that plane-leaved mulberries are pruned: cut back previous year's branches leaving only 5-10 cm with 3-5 buds in early spring. New twigs will shoot out and make a handsome, umbrella-shaped canopy in no time. The tree is quite small and looks romantic when the canopy matures so it deserves a nice spot in your garden. Perfect for zen gardens.

Three-lobed mulberry prefers a location sheltered from drying winter winds. It grows in almost any well-drained soil but will thrive in deep, fertile soil, making longer branches and bigger leaves. Fertilizing in spring and summer is beneficial. Fully hardy to -24°C and withstands occasional swings to -27°C (USDA zone 5b).

Last update 15-02-2018
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  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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