Mulberry Bonsai?

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I was clearing out some overgrown yews and boxwoods in my yard and found that some mulberry trees had planted themselves some time ago. One of them got a hefty trunk chop on the way to me getting rid of it and then I decided to simply keep this one and maybe try to develop it into a bonsai. The trunk is around 10" in circumference and there's some decent nebari going on all around. Anyone have experience with white non-flowering mulberries as bonsai?

After trying and failing to kill its sister tree, I can attest that this is one hardy tree and would probably survive nuclear fallout. But will the leaves reduce in size?
 

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Yes, with ramification, leaves will reduce, about one inch is reasonable. Key is ramification. At least 3 degrees, trunk, branch, branch, branch, then leaf, this will be nicely reduced, maybe one inch. Will never get much smaller than an inch, but that's "good enough" for most styles and sizes of bonsai.
 

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One inch is more than good enough, especially given the large size this bonsai will likely be.
 

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I have a few mulberries and they do grow well. The leaves reduce to about 1" as others have said. I find the branches take a while to bulk up. They'll grow long and vigorous, but it takes a few years to build size and taper. One with long, spidly branches had just a few ratty looking leaves left so I just went ahead and did my "winter" pruning. Danged if it didn't leaf out again. Tough customers.
 

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One of the most flexible and forgiving trees for bonsai, and a member of the same family as figs. Many that are found in the landscape as weeds are crosses between the native Red and the Chinese White that is the weeping tree common in the north. I use them in all sizes from accents...
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...To small ~shohin~ trees ...
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...To full sized about 18" tall...
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They tolerate root work well, small, low pots, and better than that are free thanks to your feathered friends!
 

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I have one that I started as a cutting in a Rotting log this year (the famous Root through Rot style). It’s almost an inch thick already and has been cut back every time it gets big enough to get in the way. I cut a branch off recently, it grew back and flowered. That one is a red mulberry, but I do have a couple of whites as well. They are nowhere near as hardy or fast growing, only about three times as tough and as fast as other trees. 😉
 

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I love the juvenile to mature leaf shapes.
 
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I have one I collected in spring. Horrible collection. Got 2 roots

It done well since and a little digging shows it’s put out a bunch of roots

Trunk is only 1 1/4” in diameter

I may attempt an air layer next year
 

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