Tree Topics logo   Scientific name: Maclura pomifera
Common names: Osage orange, Hedge apple
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Osage-orange, habit of tree in winter.
Osage-orange branches in winter
In August, with the trees full of leaves, hunting for the fruit of the Maclura pomifera is similar to hunting for Easter eggs. At first they're hard to spot, but the excitement makes for a pleasant distraction, especially if you've been hijacked by a friend and taken for a hike in the tall grass.
Osage-orange decaying fruit on the ground
Osage-orange fruit hanging on tree. Leaves have already fallen.
Osage-orange split open
Osage-orange whole fruit on the ground
Osage-orange many fruit on the ground

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The Osage-orange, sometimes called Hedge apple, is neither an orange nor an apple, but is actually a member of the mulberry family.

Kingdom Plantae – Plants
 Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
  Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
   Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
    Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
     Subclass Hamamelidae –
      Order Urticales –
       Family Moraceae – Mulberry family
        Genus Maclura Nutt. – maclura
         Species Maclura pomifera (Raf.) Schneid. – osage orange

Source for classification listing: USDA, NRCS. 2004. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.5 (http://plants.usda.gov). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.
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