White Shield Osage-orange, Hedge-apple, "Bois d'arc"
Form and Growth Characteristics: Plant Type - TreeGrowth Rate - Fast: 9-12' over a 3-5 year period.Mature Height - 20-40', occasionally to 60'Mature Width - 20-40' usually as wide or wider as its height.Longevity -
Ornamental Characteristics: Flower - Dioecioius, inconsipcuous in June. Female flowers in dense globose heads, male flowers in subglobose or sometimes elongated racemes.Fruit - Syncarp of drupes 4-6" in diameter, covered with a mamillate rind, yellow-green in color, becoming effective in September, usually falling after ripening.Leaf - Fall Color - Varies from yellow-green to a good yellow.Bark - Buff or orange-brown, glabroius, armed with straight, stout, axillary spines, 0.5" long. Wood is amazingly rot resistant.Other Features - Not worth recommending for the residential landscape, but has the potential for rugged, polluted areas. Frutis are messy, so select male cultivars. 'White Shield' appears to be the most thorn-free clone available.Possible Use - Season Of Interest -
Culture and Care: Care Requirements - Transplants readily, withstands wetness, dryness, wind, full sun, and extreme heat. Once established, it can even tolerate acid and high pH conditions.Native Habitat - Originally native to Arkansas to oklahoma and texas, but has grown far out if its native range.Diseases and Insects - No serious diseases, although leaf spots have been reported.Strength - Weakness -Plants of this taxon:
Find Related Plants:- Other plants with the common name Osage-orange.- Other plants of the family Moraceae.- Other plants of the genus Maclura.- Other plants of the species Maclura pomifera.