Osage Orange

(Maclura pomifera) Deciduous tree. The oval leaves narrow to a point and are about 2"-6 " long. The small flowers appear in small, inconspicuous, globose clusters, the males on one plant and the females on another. The large fruits are produced in a form resembling a large orange or small grapefruit with a rough surface,, The fruit color is green or yellowish green. Has spreading, thorny branches that are sometimes tangled. The sap is milky and the wood is yellow. Root extracts have been used in dyes, and the American Indians are said to use the wood for bows. 60 feet max.

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