Mulberry trees are native to Asia, the middle east, and the eastern half of North America. The trees were widely grown in the 18th and 19th centuries to host silkworms, to supply the lucrative silk trade. There are three primary types of Mulberry: White, Black, and Red. The black Mulberry is considered the best because it is sweeter and less acidic than the others. Mulberries are generally eaten fresh, but also can be made into jelly or syrups for flavoring ice creams, yogurts, or cakes. The trees are rapid growers from 15 to 50 feet, depending on variety. Mulberry trees are often referred to as blackberry trees because the fruits resemble long, slender blackberries. The flavor is much like a blackberry, but has its own exotic taste. Willis Orchard Company offers the most popular mulberry varieties for your home orchard.