GARDENING WITH THE MASTERS: Osage Orange – Imported from Texas – Cherokee Tribune Ledger News

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GARDENING WITH THE MASTERS: Osage Orange – Imported from Texas – Cherokee Tribune Ledger News

Usually when we gardeners think about “imported” ornamental plants in the landscape we think of plant introductions from countries like China, Korean, Japan or some place in Europe. But “importing” a native species from Texas?

As you drive the back roads in Georgia during the fall you might pass a medium sized tree in a hedgerow that has large grapefruit sized, yellow, lumpy balls hanging from it. This is the Osage-orange (Maclura pomifera). The Osage-orange is native to a small area in eastern Texas, southeastern Oklahoma, and southwestern Arkansas and along the Red River valley. This region is the home of the Osage Indians which gives the tree its common name. Maclura pomifera has been known by a variety of common names in addition to Osage orange. These names include hedge apple, horse apple, the French bois d’arc and English transliterations: bodark and bodock, also translated as “bow-wood”; monkey
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