Maclura tricuspidata is known for its sweet and tasty edible fruits. The deciduous, small tree is suitable for any garden with it being possible to grow in a large container on the patio. The Chinese Mulberry is slow growing and originates from East Asia. The fruit is somewhat similar to that of the mulberry and the lychee (1-2 inch in diameter). When the fruits are ripe, they are a maroon-red colour with a dark, rich juicy red flesh and have a similar taste to a watermelon when soft (they can be eaten raw or cooked). The Chinese Raspberry Tree is dioecious, but most male plants will bear some fruits, too. However, by planting a few together highly likely ensures both genders for a higher yield. It has small, cream flowers in the Summer and in the Autumn its simple leaves turn a golden yellow.
|Flower||Creamy white - May to June|
|Fruit||Edible - Juicy fruits|
|Soil type||Any but with good drainage|
|Rate of growth||Medium|
|Height and spread||5m x 2m (can be kept smaller by pruning)|
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