Osage-orange - Moraceae Maclura pomifera


Common NameOsage-orange
iTree CodeMAPO

Plant Form

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

Identification Description

Foliageovate coming to a point, smooth edge (entire margin), up to 6" long, Leaf Type  Information Icon Simple
Barkbrown-orange with thin ridges; darker and irregular fissures with age
Budterminal bud: lacking; lateral buds: small, rounded, nearly imbedded in the twig Bud Arrangement Information Icon Alternate
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 zones pH LevelsSalt Tolerance
Min4a Min4.5 SoilLow
Max9b Max7.5 SprayLow

Shade ToleranceDrought ToleranceAllelopathy
Intolerant Moderate No

Species Status

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