This section is from the book "The Gardener V1", by William Thomson. Also available from Amazon: The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener.
This venerable plant found its way to this country at a very early date; and somehow, I fear, it is more or less neglected, as we do not see it take that prominent position which I consider it justly entitled to. Nowadays our plants are too eagerly sought after, before much is known of their merits. I frankly own that our gardens are much ornamented by the introduction of new plants, such as the Pinus, Cupressus, Cedars, Araucarias, the Cryptomeria, etc, and other hardy trees; but I see no reason why a Mulberry tree should not be planted on our lawns. Among all deciduous trees, none of them excel it in point of beauty. I speak particularly of it as more suitable for villa residences than large mansions. When soil and climate are favourable, the dessert-table is enriched with its wholesome fruit; and the lady or gentleman who takes an interest in silkworms, derives a source of pleasure from having an ample supply of leaves to feed their favourite insects upon. I hope my advocacy of growing the Mulberry tree, as an ornamental feature in villa gardens, will meet with a favourable consideration.
The red kind is the most free in producing fruit, though the white variety is as handsome in appearance. - S.