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Osage orange

Maclura spp.

Also known as

Bow wood

Maclura tricuspidata fruits by SKas (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


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Osage orange Overview

A genus of 12 accepted species of deciduous trees in the Moraceae (mulberry or fig) family native to the Americas, Africa, Australasia and Asia. The genus includes the inedible M. pomifera, or the Osage orange, commonly cultivated as a hedging plant. This species is popular for its oval, dark green leaves turning yellow in the Autumn and for its unusual wrinkled, green fruits.

How to propagate Osage orange


Softwood cuttings in summer, by seed in autumn. Root cuttings in late winter.


Other uses of Osage orange

Grown for its foliage and unusual fruits.

Deciduous Trees

Deciduous (leaf dropping) trees often have amazing fall colour.

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Acacia spp.

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Trees to Propagate by Root Cuttings

Winter tree roots are packed full of carbs, giving cuttings the best chance to get established.

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