Strong and Hardy Ornamental
The Osage Orange is a small to medium sized tree that can grow almost anywhere. People often choose it as an ornamental, and it would look lovely as a side planting in your yard, or even as a hedge along a boarder.
The Osage generally stays under 30 feet in height, and can make an excellent shade tree. You’ll love its rounded, irregular crown that will add some unique distinction to your landscape. The 6 inch lance-shaped leaves are a dark robust green, a perfect shade to contrast the many lighter green shades of summer.
You’ll notice small green flowers as they begin to grace the Osage’s branches in the spring, and love the citrus scent of its fruit in the fall.
The Osage has a rich history. It was often used by ranchers as a natural property fence. The Osage’s strong wood, hardy nature and thorny branches all combined to make hedges that were effective in holding in livestock. Think of the fun you’ll have telling friends and neighbors about the “living barbed wire” from the old west that you have growing in your yard!
The Osage is still valued its incredibly strong wood. In fact, archers still prize the wood for making bows just as American Indians did in the past.
The Osage fruit consists of a 6 inch wrinkly ball that changes from green to yellowish when ripe. It’s not used as food by humans, but squirrels and other wildlife love it.
For a unique ornamental tree with a lot of year round appeal, the Osage is a great choice.
* Ornamental tree
* Fall fruit
|Botanical Name||Maclura pomifera|
|Zones||5, 6, 7, 8, 9|
|Height||20 - 40 feet|
|Mature Height||20 - 40 feet|
|Mature Spread||20 - 40 feet|
|Soil Type||Widely Adaptable|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|