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Crazy inconspicuous tribble-like green female and trailing male flowers May through June, glossy broad green leaves turn deep yellow in fall, female plants produce giant 5 inch round green brain-like fruits (we used to call them Monkey Brains when I was a kid), heavily furrowed bark, tolerates very poor soil, excellent bow wood (prized by Native Americans for this use), heart wood beautiful for woodworking though incredibly hard, rot resistant, individual trees develop a squat and attractive aspect with age, used for living livestock fences and to control soil erosion during the Dust Bowl, very long sharp thorns, excellent bird nest habitat - preferred by Loggerhead Shrikes, Grosbeaks and Crossbills eat the seeds, believed to have been an important food source for NA Woolly Mammoths and Giant Sloths during the Pleistocene epoch!

Dry To Moist
Full Sun
40-60 foot tall
Plant Hardiness Zones: Zone 4a-9b
Woody Shrub/Tree

Native Range: post glacial range AR to OK & TX, now found MA & NY to WA & south to s. CA and c. FL

Germination - Easy: Soak 2 days and plant OR Cold stratify 4 weeks. Protect from rodents

Osage Orange Seed Packet $4.00

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