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Maclura pomifera

Maclura pomifera

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Maclura pomifera, commonly known as Osage orange, hedge apple, or horse apple, is a deciduous tree native to the central United States. Belonging to the mulberry family (Moraceae), it is notable for its distinctive greenish-yellow, grapefruit-sized fruits and thorny branches. The tree typically grows up to 15-20 meters (50-65 feet) tall and has dark green leaves that turn yellow in the fall. While its fruits are not typically consumed by humans due to their bitter taste, Maclura pomifera is valued for its dense wood and use in hedgerows, erosion control, and as a natural deterrent for pests.

Cultivation:

  1. Climate: Maclura pomifera thrives in a wide range of climates, including humid continental, subtropical, and semi-arid regions. It is tolerant of drought conditions but prefers well-drained soil.

  2. Sunlight: Plant Osage orange trees in a location that receives full sun for optimal growth and fruit production.

  3. Soil: The tree is adaptable to various soil types but prefers deep, fertile, and well-drained soil. It can tolerate poor soil conditions and is drought-tolerant once established.

  4. Watering: While Maclura pomifera is drought-tolerant, young trees benefit from regular watering during dry periods to establish strong root systems. Once established, they can survive on natural rainfall.

  5. Fertilization: Minimal fertilization is typically required, especially if the tree is growing in nutrient-rich soil. A balanced fertilizer application in early spring may benefit young trees.

  6. Pruning: Prune Osage orange trees to remove dead or diseased branches and shape the canopy as desired. Wear protective gloves when handling branches due to their thorny nature.

  7. Pest and Disease Control: Maclura pomifera is relatively resistant to pests and diseases. Its thorny branches and bitter fruit act as natural deterrents for many animals. However, it may occasionally face issues such as leaf spot diseases or fungal infections, which can be managed through proper sanitation practices and fungicidal treatments if necessary.

  8. Propagation: Propagate Maclura pomifera from seeds, which should be collected from ripe fruits and stratified before planting. Alternatively, the tree can be propagated from hardwood cuttings taken during the dormant season.

By following these cultivation tips, you can successfully grow and appreciate the unique characteristics of Maclura pomifera in your landscape or garden.

IMPORTANT: Please be aware that picture 1 show adult plant not for sale, the offer is for a plant in the dimension indicated in title description.

Please be aware that most plants change across seasons. For example, some of them will naturally lose leaves or change in colour during colder months. Do not hesitate to contact us for further informations about the plants of your interest.

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