Osage Orange Seedlings
- Hardiness: USDA Zone 4
- Size at Maturity: 50 Feet tall and wide
- Sun: Full Sun to Partial Shade
- Water: Dry to Medium
- Fruit: Inedible, Showy
- Separate Male and Female Trees
Osage Orange (Maclura pomifera) isn’t a citrus at all but in the mulberry family. Not edible by humans, female Osage Orange trees produce a showy 3 to 5 cm fruit consumed initially by some of North America’s lost megafauna. Without mammoths and giant ground sloths to move seeds around, it now depends on humans to expand its range.
Maclura pomifera is commonly planted as a shade tree or as a hedge. Another common name for the plant is Hedge Apple. While Osage has a USDA hardiness of zone 4, it is new to Edmonton and should be considered a trial plant.