King James I mulberry saplings, propagated from a black mulberry tree at Chelsea Physic Garden, are available free to London schools and non-profit groups, including heritage sites and community orchards, as part of Morus Londinium.
100 trees will be planted as part of the project, across London, to regenerate the mulberry population and grow on the next generation of veteran mulberries that will be able to tell their own story.
The first saplings were given away in time for National Tree Week 2016, but more are being distributed in 2017! To take part in the plantings and request a sapling contact The Conservation Foundation using the contact form below, telling us the name of your group, location, and how many saplings you would like (up to 3).
The mulberries will come potted and just under 1 metre tall, but can eventually grow up to 8m high. The black mulberry, of which the King James I saplings are a variety, is known to spread, so allow space for this. If you have limited space you grow the saplings as a bush, or train them against a wall. The RHS provides good advice on caring for mulberries.