Osage Orange near me

poaky1July 25, 2014

This is an old OO near me, I mentioned posting a pic in someone elses post, I can't find their post, but here's the tree pic

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poaky1

I know, it's not a super big tree, but it is pretty old. My sis and I used to take walks back in the 80's, and this tree was this size back then, so it's sorta old, to me anyway.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 10:40PM
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klem1

Very intresting species. Can easly survive for over a century then resist rot for another century. Wood that resembles stone more so than wood when sanded. Was used (still is by some purest long bow enthuisests) by native Americans to fashion bows. Makes a fine leaf spring for wagons and antique cars. Squirrels love to eat the fruit which is reccomended for many uses around the pioneer home. There is presently a large one standing on our family farm that was large when Grandad bought the place in 1901. aah if only that old tree could talk.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 11:11PM
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poaky1

Klem, post Grandad's OO if you live near it now.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 11:41PM
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huggorm

Nice looking bark on that tree

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 5:18AM
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gardener365(5b Illinois USA)

This is the IL State Champion Maclura pomifera: Osage Orange


(click on photo to magnify 2x)

Dax

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 7:07AM
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tenacre(Z5 SW MI)

What are those things hanging down?

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 8:45AM
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gardener365(5b Illinois USA)

Spanish moss. They hang it for the birds for nest building.

Dax

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 9:49AM
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whaas_5a(5A SE WI)

Dax, how tall is it? I thought I recall one near that size up here at the Milwaukee botanical garden.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 10:27AM
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tenacre(Z5 SW MI)

In our back yard. 47.5"c Nice and straight. Not bad for a single trunk.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 4:50PM
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klem1

That is a nice one tenacre,I never knew it thrived that well around the Great Lakes. So rare to see a straight one.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 11:37PM
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Acadiafun

Gosh I haven't seen one of those since I was a kid and I grew up in the Great Lakes Region. They were very common until the boomers grew up, bought starter houses and cut down all the trees to avoid raking leaves and cleaning the fruit mess. Now I never, ever see any of these trees.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 11:42PM
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ctnchpr

Those pesky boomers!!

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 2:42AM
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gardener365(5b Illinois USA)

not sure whaas. I thought for certain I could find the information on the IL Big Tree Register and it's not on it, surprisingly.

I'd guess 50'... purely a guess.

Dax

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 8:12AM
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beng(z6 western MD)

Here's a 'Whiteshield' OO I planted yrs ago (no later pic -- camera died). It's 30' tall now in the most retched "soil" imaginable.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 8:56AM
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tenacre(Z5 SW MI)

Here's one I "planted" from seed (in center of picture).

"Planted" meaning over the course of a few years, I collected hedge apples from a particularly prolific tree and heaved them up into the air to crash land in an unmowed area. So I do not have an exact year of germination. I'd guess maybe 4 years ago?

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 10:03AM
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gardener365(5b Illinois USA)

I have some new information, guess I thought the tree I posted is a State Champ when in fact there is no Osage Orange IL champion... my friend writes:

There is no Illinois state champ Osage-orange because the silly foresters don't consider it a native species! I've seen a couple that were more than 15', and one just over 20', in circumference. Our Alpha tree is the county champion, about 14', with a very broad crown, and (guessing) about 60' tall.

Dax

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 7:28PM
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poaky1

Don't worry Dax, I make mistakes of memory all the time. I also try and post about my mistakes as you have also, if I remember screwing up, nobody is perfect. I had read that the OO is native to Texas. The Osage indians used the tree or it's "fruit" in some fashion, and they were a Texas "indeginous" tribe. I screwed up, I remembered that OO I took pics of as growing into that tractor shelter in the background, and it is quite a distance from that tractor shelter.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2014 at 12:22AM
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