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Joined: 01 Dec 2008, 15:39
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I have been trying to find out approximately how old our mulberry trees are. The only information I can find online says mulberry trees can get up to a diameter of 45cm, however ours are between 60 and 90 cm! We have 5 red mulberry trees and one white. They have all been pollarded at a height of about 170 - 180 cm. They are still growing vigorously, shooting out new branches faster than we can deal with!
I found a website where it says that Henri IV introduced mulberry trees in France.
We are in Lot et Garonne, near Nerac. Our house is mostly from the early 1600s. If anyone knows how to identify the age of our mulberry trees I would be most grateful!

Thank you:-)

02 Jul 2009, 13:20

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I know, but I don't think you'll like the answer.

The only way to definitively say how old the tree is................. to cut it down and count the tree rings.

Other than that all you can say is that it is old - probably very old.


03 Jul 2009, 09:00

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Another way to tell the age of some trees is to count the whorls around it. A whorl is the circular growth of branches in the same spot around the tree trunk. As the tree gets older, it will loose its whorls and markings will be left behind. Count from the bottom whorl up to tell how old it is..........Ree

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03 Jul 2009, 10:06

Joined: 16 Oct 2008, 07:06
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You could try asking on the forum at this arborist website:

Lucky you - all those yummy mulberries!!

03 Jul 2009, 10:24

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Thank you all!
Have posted on the tree forum.

03 Jul 2009, 10:39

Joined: 04 Jun 2009, 13:24
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the rings or whorls in the trunk will tell you how old the tree is however that means cutting down! such a pity.
I have noticed that mulberries are often similiar to 'prunus' before beginning to degenerate. Mulberry trees were very 'tendance' at the beginning of the 20th century

03 Jul 2009, 13:13

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I know this is a very old thread but I have just been told by our neighbours that the white mulberry tree was used for silkworms here at our property back in the 1800s or earlier, and that they also made the silk fabrics here, so I assume that would have been before the industrial revolution.
I think the white mulberry tree looks the youngest of them all so I guess the others are at least as old.

Nice bit of information :D

06 Jun 2011, 13:10
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hi, just take a core sample to the centre of the trunk & replug it after. Easy peasy ! :lol:


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06 Jun 2011, 17:00
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