MACLURA POMIFERA – OSAGE-ORANGE
Osage-Orange should be grown in full sun on well-drained soil. This tough plant can withstand almost anything once established – heat, cold, wind, drought, poor soil, ice storms, vandalism – but appreciates regular watering when young until it is established. It is nearly bullet proof. This is a thornless male cultivar that shows some promise as an urban tough tree.
The wood is considered ring porous.
Maintain adequate mulch area
Clear all turf away from beneath the branches and mulch to the drip line, especially on young trees, to reduce competition with turf and weeds. This will allow roots to become well established and keep plants healthier. Prune the tree so trunks and branches will not rub each other. Remove some secondary branches on main branches with included bark. This reduces the likelihood of the main branch splitting from the tree later when it has grown to become an important part of the landscape. Locate the tree properly, taking into account the ultimate size, since the tree looks best if it is not pruned to control size. The tree can enhance any landscape with its delightful spring flush of foliage. It can be the centerpiece of your landscape if properly located.