Fall Fruit Tree Package
Get three each of our favorite fruiting wildlife trees the red mulberry and black cherry in this first of its kind fall fruit tree package. Both are fast growing, fruit at a young age, and are great for birds and pollinator insects. Deer and turkeys love them both. Mulberries can be eaten fresh out of hand, and while cherries can too (don't eat the leaves or seeds), they are also great for tinctures and cordials. Red mulberry lumber has a beautiful light brown color, and black cherry is up there with black walnut in value for specialty furniture.
3 Black Cherry
3 Red Mulberry
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Black Cherry -
|Zone:||5 - 9|
|Soil pH:||5.0 - 7.5|
|Wildlife Value:||Fruit important to game birds and mammals including: turkey, deer, fox, black bear, raccoon, opossum, squirrel and rabbits.|
|Site Preference:||Will live in many sites, most commonly found on well-drained sites with rich,moist soils among ashes, oaks and hickories.|
|Fruit Maturity Date:||
Drops fruit late Spring through early Summer
Commonly used by our forefathers as a flavoring in rum concoctions as well as in cough syrup and jellies, the black cherry tree is a favorite to both man and game. After the attractive cluster of small white flowers bloom in the spring, this tree wastes no time bearing fruit. Having clusters of cherries in early summer, it is one of the earliest producers in the wild.
Almost all birds and most mammals, especially black bear, fox and squirrels can be found near this tree consuming the small, tasty cherries. The black cherry tree has a rapid growth rate and produces fruit at a young age. Another advantage is the high germination rate. The seed that will be spread around by the birds and other critters will quickly grow into many young scrumptious seedlings that deer will be more than happy to browse down for you.
If you are looking for something to quickly attract all forms of wildlife to areas of your property, add a couple of these to your list. Just be careful if you plant close to your camp, with all those cherries lying on the ground you may wind up with cherry colored footprints all over your porch.
Red Mulberry -
|Zone:||5 - 9|
|Soil pH:||4.5 - 7.0|
|Wildlife Value:||Favorite food of wild turkey, deer, songbirds, opossum, raccoon, and hogs.|
|Site Preference:||Moist hillsides, floodplains, river valleys. Prefer rich well drained soil.|
|Nut Maturity Date:||Early Summer|
1.Stellar Growth Rates.
Red Mulberry grows incredibly fast! It can easily double or triple the growth rate of many of the more common wildlife friendly tree’s we’re all used to growing. Every tree lover needs to plant a few of these simply to watch them grow so fast!
2.Fruit Production at a VERY Young Age.
On a good site, it isn’t uncommon at all to see flowering and fruiting begin in the 3rd or 4th growing season. And considering the trees grow so fast, they have the capability to produce large quantities of fruits by the time they are 5-6 years of age. If you’re impressed by sawtooth oak, and the now popular chestnuts, you need to see what mulberry can do!
3.Deer LOVE to Eat the New Growth.
We don’t want deer eating the actual trees we plant, which is why we use tree protectors. What we do want, is deer eating the small volunteer sprouts growing under and around the parent tree. Deer simply can’t resist mulberry leaves, and they’ll hone in on areas where volunteer seedlings proliferate. If volunteer seedlings make it to the sapling stage, they can then be hinge cut to provide more food and cover.
4.First Fruits of the Year, and Wildlife Devour Them.
Mulberry fruits are the very first to mature, as early as late April in the deep south. That’s right- on years with an early spring, they can actually mature and begin dropping before turkey season is over in many states. Everything in the forest likes to eat mulberry fruits, so GameKeepers can use them for a multitude of scenarios such as: attracting late season turkeys, trapping predators (check your state regs), trail camera hotspots, increasing pollinator habitat, and attracting songbirds.
5.Great Snack for Humans.
Although not related, mulberries look much like Rubus species- blackberries, dewberries, etc. Mulberries mature sooner than the Rubus species, effectively lengthening your foraging season. Mulberries are extremely nutritious, carrying high contents of vitamins C, K, and B-1 along with a generous amount of iron and fiber. The flavor is mild, earthy, and sweet.
So whether your planting a small orchard on the edge of your food plot, a few trees in a clearing in the woods, alongside a walking trail or behind your cabin, Mulberry Trees are a MUST HAVE for any GameKeeper.