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Maclura pomifera

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

Interesting Notes:

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. 

Zone:

4

Height:

10-15 m

Spread:

10-15 m

Colour:

Green
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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

Full Sun
Full Sun
Low Maintenance
Low Maintenance
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Heat Tolerant
Heat Tolerant

Soil Moisture

Well-drained
Average to Dry Soils

Growth Rate

Medium

Attributes

Fruit
Deciduous

Flowering Time

Spring

Habit

Rounded
Spreading

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Specimen
Screening (privacy)

 Suitable Substitutions for Maclura pomifera

Robinia pseudoacacia

Robinia pseudoacacia

Black Locust

Celtis occidentalis

Celtis occidentalis

Common Hackberry