Photo of The Milton Mulberry
LocationChrists College, Cambridge
Variety Nigra
OS grid referenceTL 45212 58658
Site classVeteran, Heritage Tree On A Mound, Planted 1608

The so-called Milton Mulberry was planted in 1609 in the Fellow's Garden. Milton may well have known the tree, but did not plant it. This magnificent, sprawling tree is on a mound. This seems to have been added in the 19th century to support the heavy branches, and encourage them to layer (produce root shoots). Archive illustrations of the tree show it standing upright, albeit at an angle. According to historian Nick Chrimes the tree was part of an attempt at sericulture as others were purchased and sheds were built for raising silkworms. [see the Appendix to the second edition of his fascinating book Cambridge: Treasure Island in the Fens]. Read the fascinating story here:

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