For nearly a decade, I’ve had fruitless mulberry trees in my yard. In Plainview, living there from 2000 – 2007, we had one very large in the front yard and one equally large in the back. They provided massive amounts of shade, which was great for the front yard, not so great for the back since the previous owners of the house had installed an above ground pool that spent the hottest hours of the day in that shade. It made for pretty cold swimming.
It was almost comforting to see that the house we decided to rent in Lubbock also had one of these trees in the back yard. Well, turns out, to my surprise, it is not a fruitless mulberry. Similar though it is to those Plainview trees, we are now tracking mulberry juice into the house as it has shed quite a few berries.
Looks like we have ourselves a good old fashioned Texas Mulberry tree: