Category: Tree - Deciduous
Zones: 4 to 9
Size: 20 to 40' tall and wide
Growth Rate: Fast
Rounded crown and short trunk. Thorny branches and fleshy yellow roots. Alternate, simple leaves, oblong with a pointed tip, 2 to 5" long, bright green. Large, pale yellow fruit, similar in appearance to an orange but less regularly shaped, in September to October. Flowers not ornamentally conspicuous in Late spring.
Native to the south and central US.
Introduced in 1818 to Britain.
Published in Ill. Handb. Laubholzk. (C.K.Schneider) 1: 806 in 1906.
Captain Meriwether Lewis sent President Thomas Jefferson some slips of Osage Orange (then called Osage Apple) in March 1804 from St. Louis. Pierre Chouteau had introduced it to Lewis from an Osage Indian village west of St. Louis. The Indians used the wood to make bows and it was also known as Bow Wood. The plant was named for William Maclure, an early American geologist.