More About Maclura pomifera
- Broadly rounded crown with thorny, spreading branches
- Leaves are ovate, glossy and dark green
- Dioecious: insignificant, greenish male and female flowers on separate trees
- Female flowers give way to large, grapefruit-sized, green fruit
- Bark, wood and roots are an orange colour
- Bloom Time: June
While the inedible fruits somewhat resemble oranges in texture, they are not related to oranges. A member of the fig family, each fruit is actually a dense cluster of hundreds of small fruits.
A bright yellow dye can be extracted from the wood, which is also very rot-resistant.
Osage Orange Growing and Maintenance Tips
Maclura tolerates urban pollution, drought, moisture, heat and a variety of soil conditions, including a variable pH. Can be grown as low or high stemmed tree form. Maclura branches are very thorny and sharp, making it a good hedging plant or barrier.
Maclura pomifera Characteristics
Average to Dry Soils