Osage Orange Leaf
Osage orange leaves are oval and pointed at the end.
Osage Orange Bark
Osage orange bark is thick, furrowed and orange-brown in color.
Horses, deer and squirrels eat the fruit of the osage orange.
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Osage Orange Facts
- Scientific name: Maclura pomifera
- Other names: horse apple, hedge apple, bodock, bodark, mock orange, bowwood
- Range: originally the Southwest; now also across the Southeast and Great Plains
- Height: up to 50 feet
- Fruit: yellow-green, large and round; ripens in the fall
- Fall Colors: leaves turn bright yellow
You Can Take Care of Trees Like the Osage Orange
- Plant in late fall or winter when the tree is dormant, unless the ground is frozen. Here are tree planting instructions.
- Allow plenty of room for the tree to mature and grow.
- Water it regularly in its first three years.
- Spread mulch around the base of the tree. Here are tree care instructions.
Mighty Cool Tree Fact
Did you know... an acre of trees provides enough oxygen for 18 people to breathe each year?