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Koren Vangool
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Does anyone grow mulberries in really cold zones? I'm looking for a northern seed source of any kind of mulberry. I know of a single specimen here in Saskatoon, but have never seen any fruit on it, probably a male and lonely. I remember seeing one in Morden manitoba many moons ago, but have no contacts out that way... I'd be willing to try something from Montana or North Dakota, perhaps we could exchange some seed? I have some hardier stuff to trade...Thanks all!
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Lance Kleckner
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Northrop mulberry is said to be cold hardy in zone 3, though probably not available in Canada.
 
Denis Huel
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Would love to find a mulberry as well. Am from south central SK, Zone 3(possibly trending to 4). North central Minnesota would also be a potential area to receive seed from.
 
Jeanine Gurley Jacildone
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Chicago Illinois - not sure if that is 'north' enough. Gets pretty cold there, that is why I left. But weeping mulberries are very common there.
 
Koren Vangool
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Thanks for the replies! I will do a search tonight for seed of that speices and see what I can come up with. Sounds like these could be a solid zone 4 for sure. I bet one of the bigger nurseries in Winnipeg might carry larger trees possibly.

Denis - Maybe we could do a trade if you have/want some permaculturesque material? Are you on a farm or in town? I have a bag of Manchurian Walnuts that needs to get in the ground, as well as some sugar maple, both from Saskatoon trees. I have some different stuff, if there's anything you're looking for! I'm always looking!
Koren
 
Denis Huel
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Sent a PM Koren.
 
Wybo Ottenbreit-Born
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Hi Denis and Koren,
I am in Regina. I have been reading about Permaculture for a few years now. I am now on an online course with geoff lawton. I am interested in knowing more about your Mulberry trees. Have they given fruit? What have you used them for? How long does it take them to bear fruit.
I am a beekeeper for the past 6 years. I am willing to make exchanges of honey for seeds! I am in Saskatoon for meetings on occasion and would like to see your yards if you are urban based.
Thanks!

wybo
 
Koren Vangool
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Hi Wybo,
I hope you're enjoying the online PDC!  My partner took it a few years ago and it was really good, I bet it's even better now
We are also members of the bee club as we had a swarm move into some used bee equipment we had in a shed.  This is our second time overwintering them and we have 3 colonies now.  Maybe next time you come in for a meeting you could let us know and we could meet beforehand for a visit.  I don't have any mulberries yet, I have seed on order but that's about it.  We do have some black locust that's getting established and are excited for that to start flowering as it's a real good bee tree.  We also discovered sainfoin (a hardy perennial legume for dry sandy places) that bees ADORE and can really pump out nectar.  We also grow lots of borage, buckwheat and this year are planting tons of phacelia tenacetifolia.  We are starting a permaculture cutflower farm, our bees should be happy about that (if they're still alive after this extreme cold snap!).  TTYS!  Koren
 
Regan Dixon
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I PM'ed you with a sapling source, Koren.
 
Wybo Ottenbreit-Born
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Denis, Could you pm me the source as well?
Thanks!
wybo
 
Denis Huel
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I never did get a mulberry tree. I read about a variety that was selected in North Dakota called the "Trader" mulberry.  It probably was Morus alba var tatarica. Likely can't get it Canada but if you find a source let me know. I'm tempted to buy an "Illinois Everbearing" from Grimo Nut Nursery. I believe this variety is a Morus rubra x Morus alba hybrid.

I live 80 km SW of Moose Jaw and am likely a little bit warmer than you. Very interested in bees but have too many projects on the go at the moment. I am experimenting with a variety of tree crops on a little bit larger scale and a kind of a tree seed nut. Feel free to contact me with questions about trees and shrubs and I will do my best to help you. Take care.
 
Regan Dixon
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Morus alba tatarica is offered at http://treeeaternursery.com/tree-eater-nursery/
 
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