Our mulberry tree is absolutely loaded with berries this year, after not bearing a single fruit last year. I thought that meant it was dying but clearly it wasn’t. I was surprised to see a fellow birder mention the same thing about his mulberry trees recently, so I wondered if it was normal for mulberry trees to fruit in alternate years or something. I haven’t found the answer yet, but I’m tickled to see such an abundance of the pretty berries right now.
This tree is beside our deck and has some branches that hang down right beside the patio table, so I can literally reach up from my chair and grab a berry. If I’d only known we were going to have such a crop I might have been able to figure out something to do with them. As it is now, they’re providing delicious nourishment for the wildlife in our yard, as these photos show. I keep hoping that my favorite birds, the Cedar Waxwings, will show up to feast on them, but they haven’t been here yet. The Goldfinches were the first ones I noticed partaking of the bounty, even before the berries were ripe:
Here’s the result of his visits:
Just before dinner last night I caught this guy and his friend sneaking around behind me:
And while I was inside making dinner I looked out and saw yet another visitor grabbing a snack:
It’s funny, when I was searching the web to find out about the fruiting frequency of the tree I found that mulberry trees are not loved by everyone, primarily because they can stain anything that touches them. And I came upon this advice on a web forum: “Mulberry trees can get HUGE! They attract birds, so don’t plant one near your house/car/walkways.” Hmmm, that’s one of the best reasons to plant one, if you ask me. Bring on the birdies!