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Maclura pomifera

Price:  £24.95

Type:  Ornamental trees
Aspect:  Prefers full sun
Colour:  Yellow
Season:  Autumn
Soil:  Not specified
Size:  Medium
Delivery:  Mail order only until COVID19 lockdown ends
Image:  WTGN



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Osage orange A very rare, medium sized deciduous tree or perhaps a large shrub if allowed to develop a multi-stem habit. The highly distinctive and decorative fruit, is roughly spherical, bumpy 8 to as much as 15 centimetres in diameter turning bright yellow-green in the autumn. Despite the name the fruit are inedible. The leaves are an elongatd oval, some 10cm long and are dark glossy green, turning bright yellow in the autumn. Maclura pomifera prefers a deep and fertile soil, and sunny conditions. Potentially vigorous, so give plenty of room. H: approximately 6-8m

Maclura pomifera, native to more or less north-eastern Texas has been known by a variety of common names in addition to Osage orange, including hedge apple, horse apple, bois d'arc, bodark, monkey ball, bow-wood, yellow-wood and mock orange.

It also had a significant history of traditional use amongst the First Nations of North America. According to Wikipedia, Maclura pomifers acquired the name bois d'arc, or "bow-wood", from early French settlers who observed the wood being used for war clubs and bow-making by Native Americans. American explorer Meriwether Lewis was told that the people of the Osage Nation, "So much esteem the wood of this tree for the purpose of making their bows, that they travel many hundreds of miles in quest of it." The Comanches also used this wood for their bows.

As we are a small and very busy working nursery we do not have the capacity to continually update pot size information on our web shop as we are continually propagating and potting plants up so any one plant type may be in different pot sizes at different times of year.  However, we hope the following notes will be useful

1.  We do not sell any plants in 'plug' sizes - all our plants are of a size that is appropriate for planting out in the garden.

2.  Early in the year herbaceous perennials may be in 9cm (1/2 litre) or one litre pots.  As we enter summer a lot of herbaceous perennials move on to 2 litre, 3 litre and occasionally 4 or even 5 litre pots.

3.  Shrubs are generally in 2 litre pots at minimum, moving up to 3, 4 and 5 litres as appropriate, occasionally 7.5 litres or even 10 litres

4. Our smallest trees may be in 3 litre pots but are generally in 7.5 to 10 litre pots, some moving on to 15 litres and occasionally 20 litres

5.  Flowering dogwoods, on of our specialities are in pots ranging from 7.5 litres to 15 or occasionally 20 litre pots.

If you want to know the specific pots size of a plant please use the 'contact us' feature on the web shop, or call us on 01953 488163, although as we spend so much time on the guessed it... propagating and potting up plants you may need to leave a message which we will endeavour to answer the same day.