Spring 2015We have pot-grown fruit trees available for delivery March-May 2015. 

King James 1st mulberry trees

  • Pick: Mid-season
  • Self-fertile
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Cookery 
  • Disease-resistance: Good

King James 1st is a traditional English mulberry, dating from the reign of James 1st in the 17th century. It is also widely known as Chelsea.

It remains the most popular of mulberries, and is notable for the flavour of the fruits. The fruits are a black/red colour.

Order now for delivery week commencing 30th March 2015 onwards.

King James 1st mulberry trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity

Pot-grown fruit trees  (Deliveries Sept 2014 - April 2015)

Refer to product details 2-year bush-trained - 7l pot £29.45 Sold outalert me
Refer to product details Half-standard premium - 12l pot £35.45 Sold outalert me

Delivery period: Pot-grown trees can be delivered from September onwards. Bare-root trees can be delivered from mid-November onwards. Within those periods you can specify your preferred month of delivery during the checkout process. It is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. See photos of trees as supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime - see our Tree Height Calculator.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

Summary features of King James 1st


  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Self-fertile?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Precocity: Precocious?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Attractive tree
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?


  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1800 - 1849
  • Fruit colour: Red / Black
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Best sellers?


  • Temperate climates

Pollination guide for King James 1st

King James 1st is in flowering group . King James 1st is self-fertile and does not need a pollination partner, although fruiting may be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby.

Important: advice about pollination

How to grow King James 1st mulberry trees

Mulberry trees are self-fertile, easy to grow, and tend not to suffer from diseases. King James is fairly precocious by Mulberry standards, starting to fruit after a leisurely 6 years or so of growing.

Historical details

England, 17th century.

Botanical name

Morus nigra 'King James 1st'

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