The black mulberry is the smallest of the Mulberries, sometimes growing to 30 ft. in height, but it tends to be a bush if not trained when it is young. The species vary greatly in longevity., while black mulberries have been known to bear fruit for hundreds,and hundreds of years. The mulberry makes an attractive tree which will bear fruit while still small and young.....Fruits are almost black, and in the best clones have a flavor that almost equals that of the black mulberry. Black mulberry fruits are large and juicy, with a good balance of sweetness and tartness that makes them the best flavored species of mulberry...... M. nigra. Large black fruit, over an inch long and almost as wide. Juicy with a rich, subacid flavor. The tree is fairly drought-resistant once established........... The tree planted by Shakespeare ... The turbulent history of the mulberry.... In 1727, when the artist Thomas Gainsborough was born, the mulberry tree in his parents’ garden in Sudbury, Suffolk, was already more than 100 years old....The tree (Morus nigra) is still there, after almost 300 years, still bearing a fine crop of fruit,sweet, plump, juicy berries of the mulberry tree provide a delicious snack for birds, deer and other wildlife, as well as excellent pies, preserves, wines and dyes for humans..... ....Ancient German folklore regarded the fruits as evil, and it was said the devil used the roots to blacken his boots.... The first plantation of mulberries in London was on what is now the site of Buckingham Palace.....trees planted were the black mulberry, Morus nigra, which produce exquisite fruit, but are no good for silkworms, ....The proper trees for this would have been Morus alba, the white mulberry from China, which hosts the silkworm moth from which silk is made....The first documentation of mulberry trees reports them as originating in China. The Chinese discovered that silkworms loved to eat the leaves of this fast-growing tree. The more the silkworms ate, the more silk they produced. The Chinese were the first to cultivate mulberry trees in rows for increased production of silk.... Chinese mythology the Mulberry Tree is considered "The Tree of Life" and "The Herb of Immortality". Scholars have debated on the mistranslation of the Biblical referenced Sycamore tree to have actually been the Mulberry Tree.... The nursery rhyme "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush" uses the tree in the refrain, as do some contemporary American versions of the nursery rhyme "Pop Goes the Weasel"..... 'Meet you at the mulberry tree'...... .....The white mulberry is native to eastern and central China. It became naturalized in Europe centuries ago. The tree was introduced into America for silkworm culture in early colonial times and naturalized and hybridized with the native red mulberry. The red or American mulberry is native to eastern United States from Massachusetts to Kansas and down to the Gulf coast. The black mulberry is native to western Asia and has been grown for its fruits in Europe since before Roman times...... According to the RHS, “the mulberry tree has a spreading habit and becomes crooked and gnarled with time”.... But is a fine specimen and is the heart of the garden and a living link with history.