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Maclura pomifera

Hardy Tree

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Unusual specimen tree from North America

Bright yellow autumn foliage

Ornamental grapefruit-like fruits

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Maclura pomifera is an unusual small deciduous tree or shrub also known as the Osage Orange. Although it bears orange-like fruits it isn’t related to citrus but comes from the Mulberry family. Endemic to North America, it is named after the Osage Indians of Missouri who used the wood of the tree to make bows and arrows.

Maclura pomifera develops a wide, spreading crown of thorny branches clothed in ovate, dark green leaves. In autumn, it features bright yellow autumn foliage colour accompanied by fragrant, tennis-ball-sized fruits with warty skin. The fruits are inedible but provide an ornamental display, changing from green when young to yellow/orange as they age. Maclura pomifera is a unique specimen tree for a medium to large garden. Drought tolerant when established, it suits freely-draining soils and tolerates shallow chalk. 

Males and females exist as separate trees, and male clones will require a pollination partner to set fruit whilst solitary females will produce seedless fruits. Mature height and spread: 8 to 15 metres (26–50 ft).

Height Up to 15m (50ft)
Spread Up to 15m (50ft)

Hardy Tree

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1 x 10 Litre Potted Plant (Height 60cm+) (KF3241)
1 x 3 Litre Potted Plant (Height 40cm+) (KF3242)

Grow Maclura pomifera in full sun in freely draining soil. Will tolerate shallow calcareous soils. When planting, plant at the same level as the level of the nursery pot or just above, ensuring that the root flare is not buried. For large trees provide suitable support with posts and tree ties. Maintain a 1m diameter circle of bare ground around the tree to prevent competition from grass and weeds for water and nutrients. Failure to do this will significantly affect the growth of the tree. Water well in the first two years until the tree is well established. Take special care during dry springs.

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