Certificate of Excellence. He has survived 500 years of human history! It is outside our little shop Emmi’s. Width can extend from a well-pruned 3m to a neglected 10m! This was the heyday of weavers in Shoreditch & Bethnal Green, until the industrial revolution saw the processes of throwing and weaving silk thread mechanised. Morus alba "Pendula" is the female version of the "Chaparral." The Mullberry tree has much grandure and I miss sitting underneath the proud branches as I read a good book shaded from the bright sunshine and looking up seeing the beautiful light glowing through the light green shiny leaves. There are more than 4,000 stories by The Gentle Author with 40,000 pictures to be found in the categories and archives on this site. The Tower of London Mulberry. Note: Comments may be edited. Yet there is another strand of the capital’s Mulberry heritage which goes back much further than James I and has nothing to do with silk. The fruit are delicious, but I need to learn how to harvest the ones on the high branches! I’m fairly sure one, if not both, are still there. Pity about the colour of its fruit, though. But I can’t draw – or at least not trees and my mind that day was cluttered with a thousand thoughts. It is a mystery why there should be black Mulberries in and around the East End today. An orphaned tree can be the starting point for a fascinating journey back in time. The house and grounds were sold in 1969 and the and flats were built on the site. ? The trees were widely grown in the 18th and 19th centuries to host silkworms, to supply the lucrative silk trade. A toddler walked up to the railings, pointed and said in a helium voice, “Look how old this tree is mummy. I could have walked to Charlton from there in 20 minutes. And wonderful photographs. Wonderful. The Morus Londinium project sets out to record and research London’s mulberry trees to raise public awareness and protect them. Also they make wonderful jam. Another theory is that this discovery may have led English silk producers to underestimate the silkworms’ dislike for leaves of the black Mulberry. Several readers who visited the exhibition of proposals for the site of the former London Chest Hospital by Crest Nicholson & Circle Homes contacted me in alarm when they discovered the developer planned to construct a new building which appears to be upon the site of the Oldest Mulberry in the East End, even though it is subject to a Tree Protection Order. But others, like those hiding anonymously in East End gardens or beside the recycle bins on a street corner in Belsize Park, might be described in the words of Percy Bysshe Shelley, as “Lost angels of a ruined paradise.” Yet what was the nature of the horticultural paradise they have fallen from? Perhaps people planted Mulberries out of nostalgia? I don’t know if it is still there, it would be at least fifty years since I last saw it. However older mulberry trees can ocasionally become "dioecious". The exquisite house and studio of Victorian painter and sculptor Lord Frederic Leighton, is a work of art. Trees with multiple trunks are excluded. Chelsea physic garden has a large old mulberry. The oldest specimen is a cutting from Shakespeare’s Mulberry, taken long after the Bard’s death. mulberry gardens were common in the 17th century, in the neighbourhood of London; but either from the climate all the prejudices of the people, the growth of silk never prospered. I am still up in the trees chasing the best of the fruit. Even though the black Mulberry was known to the Romans and grew around the Mediterranean, it was the white Mulberry that the Huguenot French king, Henry IV of France, had been planting in the Tuileries Gardens in Paris to encourage silk production. In 1976 Mr Geoffery LeMare, Upper Bailiff of the Worshipful Company of Weavers celebrated the opening of Humphries Weaving Co. at DeVere Mill in Castle Hedingham Essex by planting a White Mulberry Tree (Morus Alba) the planting of a further 60 trees gave the visiting public a chance to see silk worms (bombyx Mori) involved in the secrets of sericulture which grew to harvest 8000 cocoons in just a few … these are dark colored mulberries. There are three primary types of Mulberry trees: White, Black, and Red. The Oldest Mulberry Tree in Britain at Syon Park, Thank you Peter/GA for getting so much info on Mulberry trees in one blog, all in a nutshell. But this only lasted for a few years and, by 1724, the trees and the silkworm house were sold off. Very pleased our London Mullberies are protected. If it was, indeed, planted when the house was built, this would coincide with the letter that King James I sent to Lord Lieutenants and the landed gentry, asking them to support an English silk industry by planting mulberry trees to provide leaves to feed silkworms. Fascinating article! In 1609, James wrote letters to all his Lord Lieutenants. Finally, there was a fad for including black Mulberry trees when public parks were laid out at the end of the nineteenth century. We used to have a mulberry tree in our school playground in Portsmouth, which must have been much older than the surrounding (Victorian) buildings. The berries perish soon after being picked, so could not be imported. Spitalfields Life is published daily by Spitalfields Life Books Ltd, http://facstaff.columbusstate.edu/burgess_kevin/website/Kevin_S_Burgess_lab.html. The black mulberry at Charlton House should really be near the top of the “to visit” list for anyone interested in London’s mulberry trees and their associated heritage. I have a very small (weeping) White Mulberry in my back garden ….. i live in madison, wisconsin, u.s.a. mulberries just show up wild in your yard here, maybe from bird droppings (?) I read the trees were too prolific in the past so had to be cut back (gardening know how website). It begins to produce in May, and my white house and grey car are stained with purple into the late summer. Bermuda has old mulberry trees that John Rolfe would have recognised and maybe kept their seeds with tobacco plants seeds he found there when they were shipwrecked in July 1609 and possibly on Trinidad on their journey to Jamestown as he is the oldest son of John Rolfe senior a successful farmer in Heacham -hence he started the first tobacco plantation in Virgina in 1610 that traded successfully to Europe -read about this in a new book AMERICAS FIRST ENTREPRENEUR by John L Rolfe, http://www.bookdepository.com/Americs-First-Entrepreneur-John-L-Rolfe/9781467950817?ref=bd_recs_1. 10 trees you should plant in your garden Alder, Alnus glutinosa. It would be interesting to discover if there is any evidence for raising silkworms in the East End. It is, indeed, an extraordinary tree and deserves its inclusion on the list of Great Trees of London. It was at that time offices for NHS staff (having being left to the nurses of The London Hospital for their accommodation by Lord Tredegar). When I was 17, many, many years ago, I did one week as a student working in Tiptree, Essex, sometimes picking mulberries. James’ advisers knew very well that silkworms thrive on the leaves of white Mulberries. Black English mulberry $ 48.00 inc. GST. It was with excitement, then, that I set off on Monday to meet the Charlton House mulberry at last. But it is going to require a bit more digging in the archives to see if there is any concrete evidence for this, and to find where, in the grounds, it might have been. They were also famous fruit trees, because of the delicious berry fruits that were abundantly produced by fast growing trees. I think it survived for a while but thought it had died. All the oldies must be heritage trees now. The mulberry tree was brought to England by the Romans who used the leaves and bark for medicinal purposes. Ancient trees in England The Major Oak, Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire . I am especially interested in mulberry trees for their connection with the silk industry. I’ve only just discovered it. There was a last-ditch attempt to revive London’s silk industry around 1718, when the Raw Silk Company established a plantation of two thousand Mulberry trees and a silkworm nursery in Chelsea Park, between Fulham Rd and King’s Rd – which may have been upon the initiative of Huguenot weavers in Spitalfields. As The Gentle Author discovered, it is fairly straightforward to trace the history of some veteran Mulberries, like those at Syon House and Charlton House, back to the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Vauxhall Park has a young Mulberry trunk sprouting from a much older bole, probably planted when it was laid out in the eighteen-eighties by Fanny Wilkinson, Britain’s first celebrated woman landscape gardener, who also designed Myatt’s Fields Park where there is an old black Mulberry tree to be discovered. So, at just over 400 years of age, it is not only one of the oldest mulberries in London, but one of the oldest trees in the city, of any species. The trees are so memorable for children, not only for their wonderful berries, but also for their spreading nature which makes them easy to climb. This black mulberry may, as is also often the case in other late Tudor and early Jacobean manor houses, like Hatfield House and Syon House, simply have been planted for its special fruit and gnarled, attractive shape as a landscape tree. The Mulberry Tree Woodturnery, Newtown: Hours, Address, The Mulberry Tree Woodturnery Reviews: 5/5 Morus nigra ‘Wellington’: this cultivar crops heavily with medium sized fruit 3cm (1¼in) long and a good flavour. alder-credit-dean-morley.jpg. One Mullberry tree is also in existence in the garden of the home of the Playwright George Bernard Shaw. http://www.wdvta.org.uk. It’s a bit like looking at a Rembrandt painting. Voted the top date destination in the capital, the museum is both a homage to the artist who designed and created it, as well as a time capsule to an opulent, ostentatious era of revolutionary design and progressive thinking. It looks prob about 200 yrs old but that it is a guess. The Charlton House mulberry is in a different league. A few decades later, the English Civil War took minds away from what was proving to be a marginal industry. This development is known as Chaplaincy Gardens. But their beautiful tree shape, and growth rate which is more manageable than Morus alba, warrants giving them much consideration. 1,828 Reviews. The London Chest Hospital developers’ website makes no mention of the historic Mulberry. On my next visit to Kew Gardens I will search out the Black/White Mulberry trees I understand they are nice in tarts the berries are similar to raspberries. One should wear black when doing so as when the fruit is ripe the juice gets all over you at the slightest touch, and your hands soon look as though they are covered in blood, in fact my only neighbour who knows what the tree is, is from Eastern Europe and she tells me they call it the blood fruit in her country. That’s nice they all have location names. Black mulberries often look old when they’re not. In 1607, Nicholas Gesse published his The Perfect Use of Silk-wormes, which was a translation of the definitive French textbook on silk & Mulberries, written by horticulturalist, D’Olivier de Serres. When he showed me around, Mark could point out thirty-five named varieties held in the collection, mostly white Mulberries and just a few decades old. In Tudor times the trees were prized for their juicy fruit. I came looking for more information on the Victoria Jubilee trees in Middle Temple and found so much more that was hugely interesting. William of Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester, bought all the land, including the village of Hornchurch, when the priory was dissolved and endowed it to New College. I recently discovered Mulberry trees in what used to be the grounds of the Chaplaincy of St. Andrew’s Church house in Hornchurch. I pick them to make jelly, cordial & cheese. Given its celebrity, I’m left wondering why it’s taken me over six years to get round to visiting the Charlton mulberry. And it was precisely from these regions that Huguenot weavers fled to England – notably Spitalfields – when the Edict of Nantes was revoked in 1685, unleashing persecution against Protestants. The Dalston Mulberry. judi23462. A very old Mulberry stump was found and grubbed out in the eighteen hundreds but there is a much more recent black Mulberry there today, next to the Lady Chapel of the church. I took more photos than I’d intended and, in the end, called it a day, deciding to retire to the Mulberry Café in the foyer up the front steps of the House itself. This and a book published in 1609 by William Stallenge (who became Keeper of the King’s Mulberry Gardens), entitled Instructions for the Increasing of Mulberrie Trees, clearly explain that, while both black and white Mulberries can be used to feed silkworms, the white should be chosen if possible. As silk historian John Feltwell, points out, mature white Mulberries in England can be counted on the fingers of one hand and none can be traced back to the silk industry. I have never seen them for sale in this country, although one can buy them dried in Persian grocery stores – delicious. Wilkins & Sons of Tiptree make a mulberry conserve sold by Waitrose. Perhaps it was a matter of leaving not the best, but the (almost) most famous, till last? Like Spitalfields, much of Central London is built upon the ruins of medieval monasteries, razed after Henry VIII dissolved them. A mulberry (Morus nigra) is a deciduous, self-fertile tree growing from 5-20m. Home / Mulberry Trees / Black English mulberry. There are mulberry trees in the garden of Drapers Hall in the City. And two years ago I visited the equally ancient Queen’s Orchard mulberry in Greenwich Park. The wide shots lost the fantastic tangle of trunks and branches inside the perimeter fence, while the close-ups gave little idea of scale. At the last count, a survey being carried out by the Conservation Foundation’s new Morus Londinium project has identified over one hundred and thirty-five sites with Mulberry trees in London – and there are likely to be many more, with new trees coming to light every week. Mulberry plantations were eventually grubbed out, although the Mulberry Garden at St James’ Palace did enjoy success as a Pleasure Garden late into the seventeenth century. Yet, with their understanding of silk production, why would they have planted black Mulberries? My reference has become the pair of black mulberries in Fountain Court, in the Middle Temple, which were planted in 1887 for Queen Victoria’s Jubilee and yet look much older. Granted, to small children, pretty much any tree looks huge. And we must not forget the venerable – and threatened – black Mulberry on the site of the London Chest Hospital is on the site of Bishop Bonner’s manor house. I suppose I thought I could visit the Charlton mulberry any time. Mulberries remain my passion. All the mulberries we supply are self-fertile, or "monoecious", with male flowers which can be pollinated from other pollen on the same tree. The Mulberry trees that remain were probably planted in the 17th century when the old Vicarage was demolished and new one was built along with formal gardens. Interestingly, Chelsea still has several old Mulberry trees and one is in Mulberry Walk on the site of the original plantation. Sadly, two days ago half of it fell down as it had got quite top heavy. Prune standard and half standard mulberries when they are fully dormant; about a month after leaf fall. Around 50,000 cocoons are needed to produce 1 kg of silk thread. i think these are some sort of native north american species, and i’ve never heard of them used for silk, just jam & pastry . I should have added to my previous post, that I lived in Wokingham, Berkshire for many years, and when teaching took children to a very old house in Rose Street. The tree has survived lightening strikes, heavily iced limbs, and the Michigan Power Company. Mulberry Trees. Often these parks – like Brockwell Park – were created in the grounds of much earlier mansions. Childhood of Famous Azeris and their advice for the 21st century. I recall a Mulberry, back in the late 60’s. I saw a great one at Down house recently, where Darwin lived – he looked out fondly over it and allegedly wrote origin of the species there… It is so old and weathered by the years that at one stage somebody has poured concrete into the hollow trunk to keep it standing – it is just about clinging on! It is said to be the best mulberry for home gardens as it is a small tree which does not produce fruit that stains. Yet it was the white Mulberry (Morus alba) that underpinned China’s silk industry, a lesson the Italians and French also learned. The Mulberry planted in 1548 at Syon House – formerly a Brigettine monastery founded in 1415 – pre-dates any interest in a silk industry. Don’t know how true this is. Other Recent Reviews “Lovely & safe” 09/09/2020 “Fascinating!” 08/09/2020. You are right to make us aware of these trees. Fascinating article, thank you. I remember the trees from my early childhood in 1950s; they were already very ancient then. Unauthorized use or duplication of these words and pictures without written permission is strictly prohibited. Red mulberry (Morus rubra) grows up to 35 feet tall with a short trunk and a round crown. The fruit is difficult to harvest as there is a very small window of opportunity, only about a day, before it drops off the tree to the ground and it strikes me that this is why nobody seems to grow them commercially to eat. The tree grows from 6 to 8 feet tall and 8 to 12 feet wide. The encounter with a 400 year-old living organism can’t be taken lightly. According to some accounts, Sir Adam Newton did create a mulberry plantation after all, there was also one in Greenwich Park a mile or so down the hill to the west. At the same time, James I was also trying to get a silk industry off the ground at Jamestown, in his North American colony of Virginia. Around a hundred thousand saplings were imported for this project. I hadn’t known anything about that until then. It is, indeed, an extraordinary tree and deserves its inclusion on the list of Great Trees of London. The best times to plant trees in the UK is during the autumn and winter months, as they need less watering and are more likely to survive. And the trunk was bigger, much bigger than anything in these pictures. Your email address will never be published. Look how old it is!” There was my starting point: its sheer age. John Evelyn & Samuel Pepys both mention visiting it. MY TREE, an Oak Tree of more than 500 years, located at the Sensenstein near Kassel, a natural monument, has lost some of his larger branches during the last thunderstorms. We need to treasure them. Morus, a genus of flowering plants in the family Moraceae, consists of diverse species of deciduous trees commonly known as mulberries, growing wild and under cultivation in many temperate world regions. Photo: Beautiful Abbey and the famous mulberry tree. The Mulberry tree - or mulberry bush, depending on how you allow it to grow - is a beautiful ornamental plant in its own right, but its crowning glory is its mulberries! Possibly the most famous tree in the whole of the UK, The Major Oak’s hollow trunk was supposedly used as a hideout by Robin Hood’s merry men. The first mulberry was planted in England in the 1500s. That’s fantastic I live in Bracknell so can go check out Wokingham’s mulberries thanks Sheila. They would have been grown for their fruit, which the Romans appreciated in their feasting and its medicinal properties – Pliny the Elder, writing in the first century AD, writes of its value as a mouthwash. There are many famous Mulberry trees in England. Abbey Office Church Street, Tewkesbury GL20 5RZ, England . It is quite likely to be as old as the Jacobean house itself, which was built between 1607 and 1612, for Sir Adam Newton, who was tutor to Henry, Prince of Wales - the eldest son of James I. Common mulberry (Morus alba) is also known as white mulberry and is native to China. Police Sports ground in Chigwell Essex The tree is a large spreading deciduous shade tree with an attractive form. In late winter, apply a general purpose fertiliser such as Growmore or fish, blood and bone at a rate of 70g per sq m (2oz per sq yd). There are also at least two mulberry trees in Boston Manor Park. With their glossy, heart-shaped green leaves and pendulous branches they make a good shade tree, and are a good choice on the western side of the house where they will help cool things down over summer. We have a black mulberry in our garden here in Georgia USA. Although attempts to produce raw silk in England petered out, the country developed a thriving silk industry in the eighteenth century, based upon raw silk imported from Italy, Persia, Bengal & China. Tree appears to be in the process of relaxing into a … Peter explores the mulberry of Charlton House, as old as the Jacobean house itself. I was Custodian of and lived at Shaw’s home Shaw’s Corner for eight wonderful years and in that time my husband made some potent and very tastey Mullberry Wine each year from the huge and luscious berries. The first mulberry trees of England are said to have been planted at silent House, the seat of the Duke of Northumberland, in 1548; and the trees, though decade in the trunk, still bear fruit. These are magical looking trees and I was so proud to conserve the beautiful specimen which brought delight to most of the yearly 15 thousand visitors. 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