With the coming of hot weather, one of the first fruits to ripen in June is the mulberry (Morus alba). Easy to grow and fast to establish, mulberry thrives in USDA zones 5-9. Like their relatives, figs and ches, mulberries are precocious, with grafted trees bearing fruit in the first or second year.
In terms of cultivation, mulberries demand only light and the room to grow. In southern Connecticut and New York City, feral seedling trees are a common sight, thriving in abandoned lots and along busy city streets. This indicates that they are not fussy about soil or fertility, though we plant our new mulberries with plenty of compost and Azomite.