Maryland's Wild Mulberry Trees

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Guerilla Realty 628217 & 35816

 

In late spring and early summer you can find Maryland’s wild mulberry trees ripening with delicious red berries. One glimpse of this tree and I become nostalgic, I used to walk a path to primary school that was filled with mulberry trees. The juicy berries stained the sidewalks like crazy.

 

Mullberry branch

 

 

Mulberry trees ripen over an extended period of time as opposed to having to harvest all of the fruit at once. This leads to on-going snacking. You can grab a few ripe berries and know that they’ll be a few more waiting for you the next day – that is if the birds don’t get to them first. Years ago I made a few batches of mulberry pancakes. The berries have a lovely sweet taste that's similar to blackberries. Does it make a lot of sense to eat random wild berries? Probably not, you’ll want to consult your nearest Girl Scout.


Mulberry tree


The Red or American Mulberry is native to the eastern US, my research tells me that they can be found from Massachusetts to the Gulf Coast. The White Mulberry Tree is native to Asia. During Colonial times the white trees were imported to start a silkworm industry that never fully took off. Around my neck of the woods we have a lot of red and white hybrids that can be attributed to wind cross pollination.

While many homeowners think of these trees as a nuisance, I find them completely delightful. Imagine my surprise last week when I found a hidden Mulberry Tree at a Baltimore City property I was showing some clients. Its rare to see one in such an urban locale. My pictures were taken at an agricultural property I sold last year. Maryland's wild mulberry trees are one of my favorite signs of early summer.

Posted by

Rachel Rabinowitz

Broker / Owner Guerilla Realty  and

Vice President Tranzon Fox Auctions

443.841.5916 direct

rachel@go-guerilla.com / rrabinowitz@tranzon.com

 

 

 

Comments (2)

Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Rachel, when I lived in Chicago, I had Mulberry trees in my backyard and made delicious jam, as well. Thanks for the great information on the Mulberry Tree.

Jun 13, 2012 05:16 AM
Rachel Rabinowitz
Guerilla Realty - Baltimore, MD
The Baltimore Realtor

Hi Sharon,

Thanks for reading. I'm glad to hear about your mullberry jam. Chiago and Dallas? Great cities.

Jun 13, 2012 10:02 PM