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Bois du arc Tree

Maclura pomifera


Height - 40 feet

Width - 60 feet


Full sun to part shade

Plant Type

Native shade tree,

Other common names

Osage Orange, Hedgeapple, Horseapple

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Save Water   Low water required
More Color   Orange bark; bright yellow-green foliage in fall
Attract Wildlife   Birds and squirrels eat the fruit
Reduce Maintenance   Left to grow naturally, makes a great windbreak
Texas Tough    Unusually hard wood is extremely resistant to rot

Interesting Facts

Wood is unusually hard; can easily break a chainsaw.  Native Americans used the naturally curved wood for bows, and tannins in the bark were used to tan hides.  Core wood is a beautiful bright orange.  Fruit is loved by squirrels, although they help spread the seeds.  Interestingly, the fruit is a well-known home pest control remedy.  A mosquito repellent similar to DEET is derived from the fruit's sap.

Bois du arc Trees in Frisco

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