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Maclura pomifera

Osage orange

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Features

  • Blooms & FruitsJune & October
  • Height8m to 13m
  • Spread7m to 10m
  • Growth HabitTall branched oval
  • Flower ColourYellow green
  • Leaf ColourGlossy dark green

Description

Maclura pomifera (Osage orange). This is a deciduous tree which grows about 15m tall and 12m wide. It produces dark orange, fissured bark with oval, dark green leaves. It also bears tiny yellow flowers with large wrinkled fruits.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous, Tree

Origin

USA, Ozark Mountains

Interest and use

Grown for its foliage and unusual fruits.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They grow well in full sun in a wide range of soils. Their spreading roots make them resistant to very dry conditions. You can propagate from seed in autumn, or from cuttings in summer or late winter.

Propagation

Softwood cuttings in summer, by seed in autumn or by root cuttings in late winter.

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