Since about the moment that the existence of the deciduous tree was first noted—more than five thousand years ago—the mulberry tree has been regarded as special. Pliny the Elder called it “the wisest of trees,” as only the mulberry never shoots leaves until the last frost has passed, and writers from ancient China to ancient Rome praised it for its many health-boosting properties.
“A man will pass his summers in health, who will finish his luncheon with black mulberries,” extolled the Roman poet Horace in the 1st century BC.
Rising up to fifty feet, and with roots that shoot down nearly as far, the solid mulberry tree also has the ability to tap more nutrients than most other plants. As the ancients knew well, the mulberry tree is the most nutritious tree around, from its fruit.