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Introduction to Osage Orange (Maclura pomifera)

Osage Orange, scientifically known as Maclura pomifera, is a rapidly growing tree, remarkable for its robust growth rate of 9 to 12 feet within a 3 to 5-year period. It is famed for its resilience and diverse uses, making it a valuable addition to gardens and landscapes.

Growth and Characteristics

  • Height and Spread: Achieves a stature of 20 to 40 feet, with a similar spread.
  • Growth Rate: Fast-growing, ideal for creating natural barriers.
  • Hardiness: Cold hardy and adaptable, suitable for USDA zones 4-9.
  • Life Cycle: Deciduous tree, offering seasonal foliage changes.

Ecological Benefits and Wildlife Attraction

  • Deer Resistant: Excellent for hedge rows, deterring deer.
  • Wildlife Friendly: Squirrels are particularly attracted to its seeds.

Historical and Cultural Significance

  • Native American Usage: Historically, the wood was utilized by Native American tribes for crafting bows, leading to the French name 'bois d’arc' or ‘wood of the bow’.
  • Heritage: Native to south-central North America, with a significant presence in the western United States.

Cultivation and Propagation

  • Dioecious Nature: Requires both male and female plants for seed production.
  • Seed Saving and Propagation: Effective propagation demands cross-pollination.
  • Seed Storage: Seeds should be stored in a cold and dry environment (34-41 degrees F).

Osage Orange Uses

  • Utility and Edibility: Though parts of the plant are somewhat toxic, the heartwood and roots are known for their antioxidant properties, useful in preserving food, especially oils.
  • Medicinal and Other Uses: The tree offers antibiotic, dye, fungicide, preservative, repellent, and tannin properties.
  • Wood Applications: Ideal for fence posts, rustic furniture, and other utilitarian uses.

Safety and Precautions

  • Toxicity: Caution advised as the fruit and other plant parts contain toxins.
  • Skin Irritation: The milky sap can cause skin irritation for some individuals.

Resistance and Disease Management

  • Honey Fungus Resistance: Known for its resistance to honey fungus, enhancing its longevity and health.

Osage Orange Synonyms

  • Commonly known as Hedge Apple, Horse Apple, Bodark, Bois D'Arc, Mock Orange, and Green Orange.
  • Scientific synonyms include Ioxylon pomiferum, Joxylon pomiferum, Maclura aurantiaca, Maclura pomifera var. inermis, Toxylon aurantiacum, Toxylon maclura, Toxylon pomiferum.
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