Osage Orange (Bois d’arc)

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Description

Mulberry Family : Moraceae

Latin Name : Maclura pomifera
Longevity : Perennial
Season : Cool
Origin : Native
Value :
Wildlife – good
Livestock – poor

Remarks :

Other common names, “Bois d’arc” and “Horse apple”. This is a medium-sized tree, the twigs and stems are equipped with short, stout spines. Flowers April to June with the fruit maturing September to October. This tree has been widely planted in shelterbelts. The seeds inside the fruit, which look like a big yellowish-green apple, is eaten by squirrels. Turkeys have been known to pick and scratch open the fruit for the seed as well. Deer browse the leaves and twigs. Yellow dye was formed from the root bark and the bark of the trunk was used for tanning leather. The name, “Bois d’arc” was given by the French, meaning “Bow-wood”, with the reference to the fact that the Osage Indians made bows from the wood.

Source: USDA-NRCS

Additional information

Weight 1 lbs
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