Shopping Basket
Your Basket is Empty
There was an error with PayPalClick here to try again
CelebrateThank you for your business!You should receive an order confirmation from Paypal shortly.Exit Shopping Basket

Arundel Tree Service

All Aspects Of Tree Care


Maryland Licensed Tree Experts

Meet A Tree - Blog

Meet A Tree - Blog

Meet The "Osage Orange" - Maclura pomifera

Posted on 6 July, 2015 at 10:30

With it's unusual large yellow-green strangely textured fruits, the Osage Orange (Maclura pomifera) tree is sure to grab attention. It is called by various alternate names such as Hedge Apple, Horse Apple, Bodock, Bois d'arc, and Monkey Ball. It is considered a medium sized deciduous tree and is native to the United States. It is believed to have originally been found in the Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas region. It has been naturalized in all 48 continuous states and southern portions of Canada.

Image Citations:(Leaves and Fruit) Paul Wray, Iowa State University, 



The fruit resembles the texture of a brain and can grow anywhere from 3-6 inches in diameter. The inside of the fruit contains a sticky latex substance. The fruit is not eaten by humans because of it's unusual taste and extremely hard texture. Research has not found the fruit to be harmful to humans. just nearly impossible to eat. Many animals and livestock have been found to snack on this unusual fruit, however it is not a primary food source for any one type of mammal.

The Osage Orange tree can grow 40-60 feet tall at full maturity. Despite it's name the Osage Orange is not closely related to the common Orange tree. The Osage Orange is part of the Mulberry or Moraceae family - while the common Orange comes from the Rutaceae family. The leaves are arranged alternately and are green in color during the Spring/Summer growth season. In the fall the leaves become an almost clear bright Yellow in color.

Image Citation:(Close Up Foliage) John D. Byrd, Mississippi State University,

The wood of the Osage Orange is heavy, close grained and dense. It was commonly used by Native American's in Bow making. Today the wood is used to create sturdy hand tools. The wood strengthens over time and withstands rot well.

More Cool Tree Facts or

Categories: Meet A Tree

Post a Comment


Oops, you forgot something.


The words you entered did not match the given text. Please try again.


Reply Reuring
12:28 on 28 August, 2021 - stromectol walmart canada
Reply Wouddydam
3:50 on 29 August, 2021 
Reply twetuique
11:47 on 29 August, 2021 
cialis from india
Reply Toolids
12:48 on 30 August, 2021 
Reply Annelty
15:13 on 4 September, 2021 
ivermectin dosage for scabies
Reply Propecia
17:46 on 4 September, 2021 
Berichte Uber Levitra
Reply LierroF
0:27 on 6 September, 2021 
viagra blood pressure effects
Reply Viagra
15:04 on 6 September, 2021 
Cialis Dudas
Reply cialis generic
14:16 on 9 September, 2021 
levitra pharmacie
Reply IncocaPar
20:08 on 10 September, 2021 
Reply Stromectol
5:43 on 11 September, 2021 
Viagra For Sale Cannada
Reply cadostots
21:48 on 15 September, 2021 
Reply nolmece
3:36 on 16 September, 2021 
Reply unsogue
10:47 on 16 September, 2021 
can i buy plaquenil in mexico?
Reply ciltslems
7:35 on 17 September, 2021 
can you drink on zithromax
Reply azithromycin in pregnancy
19:31 on 18 September, 2021 
Acceptable Amoxicillin Dosage Ranges
Reply weillioms
22:49 on 18 September, 2021 
Reply Acquito
13:28 on 19 September, 2021 
what is priligy
Reply Plaquenil
4:40 on 23 September, 2021 
Nizagara From India
Reply TeelaToog
10:35 on 23 September, 2021 
is furosemide a diuretic