Osage-orange - Moraceae Maclura pomifera

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Taxonomy

FamilyMoraceae
GenusMaclura
Speciespomifera
Common NameOsage-orange
iTree CodeMAPO

Plant Form

FormTree: trunk branches low, rounded crown
Height50 feet
Spread50 feet
DeciduousYes

Identification Description

Foliageovate coming to a point, smooth edge (entire margin), up to 6" long,Leaf Type Information IconSimple
Needles0
Barkbrown-orange with thin ridges; darker and irregular fissures with age
Budterminal bud: lacking; lateral buds: small, rounded, nearly imbedded in the twigBud Arrangement Information IconAlternate
Twigmoderately stout, tan/brown, spines at the base of buds/leaves; has milky sap when cut
Flowermale and female on separate plants (dioecious)
Fruita round, green aggregate of drupes; large - softball sized
Fall Coloryellow, yellow/green

Site Characteristics

USDA Zones   info for zonespH LevelsSalt Tolerance
Min4aMin4.5SoilLow
Max9bMax7.5SprayLow

Shade ToleranceDrought ToleranceAllelopathy
IntolerantModerateNo

Species Status

Nebraska Native
U.S. NativeYes Check
Region of OriginUnited States
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