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Black Mulberry- King James (Chelsea)

Black Mulberry- King James (Chelsea)

  • Bare root trees can be pre-ordered from June but will only be delivered through winter 2024-5.

King James mulberry (also known as Chelsea) is derived from a tree that existed in the 17th century, in a garden in Swan Walk, which became the Chelsea Physic Garden, during the time of King James I. During the 1939/45 war the last remaining tree was about to be grubbed to make way for an air shelter when cuttings were taken and this variety has survived ever since in the trees of this name.

It makes an attractive tree with large juicy berries with intensely rich flavour. Crops from an early age.

Slow growing but requires some space as tree may grow to 25ft in height.

Try microwaving them with sugar and then pour over ice cream. Or even spread over toast

Pot grown as half standards in 12L pots

Fruit Uses: 🍎 Eating

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Self Fertile?: Yes

Delivery Information

Bare root tree orders will be despatched from December to March and we will advise you of the expected date on ordering.

For pot grown tree orders delivery is usually within 10 working days and available all year round.

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Bare Root

Bare root trees are field grown and lifted in the dormant winter period and can be planted from November to March

These are examples of the form and size of tree you’ll receive when you order from us.

Please note that they may differ dependent on the characteristics of the individual variety.

Bare Root Form & Size Guide

Pot Grown

Pot grown trees can be supplied all year round and planted anytime. They are usually in 12 or 15L pots

Pot Grown Form & Size Guide



Pollination can seem like a complicated subject but it is not as much of a worry as people think, most people are likely to have good pollination in their garden due to the close proximity of other gardens.

Unless a tree is self fertile it will require a pollination partner in order to fruit.

All tree fruits are divided into flowering groups, i.e. varieties that flower at the same time fall into the same group. A variety from group 2 will cross with any other variety from group 2 and also any variety from adjacent groups 1 and 3.  This is the same for all the flowering groups. Some trees are triploids, which means that they are no use as a pollinator and require 2 compatible varieties  that pollinate each other.