The glossy lance-shaped bright green leaves along pendulous branches of an Osage Orange create an irregular crown. It is fast growing and considered one of the most drought-tolerant trees — once it is well established — it needs little supplemental watering. It produces an interesting fruit about the size of an apple. The fruit, nicknamed “hedge apple,” has a pleasant, orange-peel smell — it is green, very bumpy and inedible, but it makes a great decoration.
Type of Plant: Deciduous Shade Tree
Distinguishing Characteristics: Strong form, texture and character, maturing with a thick, gnarled appearance
Water Use: Low
Flower Color: White
Sun/Location: Full Sun
Approximate Height at Maturity*: 20'
Approximate Spread at Maturity*: 18'
*Under average conditions in Northern New Mexico