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Osage Orange

Botanical Name
Maclura pomifera
Min Zone
4
Max Zone
9
Height
20 to 40 feet
Width
20 to 40 feet
Flowers
Dioecious, June, inconspicuous
Fruit
Large, 4 to 6 inch diameter, ball-like structure, yellow-green to yellow, resembling an orange
Fall Color
Yellow-green to gold
Light
Full sun
Soil
Adaptable to most soil conditions
Planting & Care
  • Transplants easily
  • Tough tree that tolerates poor, wet, high pH, acidic and dry soils
  • Tolerates wind and heat
Problems
Fruit litter, spines on stems
Varieties
  • Double O - male form with no fruit, thorns only on young stems
  • White Shield - fruitless with few or no thorns, 35 feet tall and wide, fast growing, good fall color
  • Wichita - upright, spreading with a dense canopy, one of the most thornless varieties available

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