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Osage-Orange, Bodock - Maclura pomifera (latin)

Geographical origins: Northern America.
Adult size: Height up to 10m, spread up to 6m.
Foliage: Deciduous.
Type of soil: Any, prefers dry soil.
Climate: Hardy to -15°C. Withstands pollution.
Site: Full sun.


Characteristics and uses:
This thorny, strange shrub comes from America where Indians from the Osage’s tribe used its latex which turns yellow in the air, to colour faces and clothe, and its wood to make bows. Its highly decorative foliage looks like Morus’ foliage (Mulberry). Female plants produce pompom-shaped, yellow-green inflorescences which in turn become non-edible, orange-sized fruits. With its rapid growth, the Osage-Orange withstands well pruning. Ideal grown as a defensive hedge, it is also a spectacular specimen grown on its own.

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