Maclura pomifera at Bute Park

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Maclura pomifera
mid September 2022

Grid reference ST 17674 76835
Common name Osage orange
Alternative name Maclura aurantiaca
Origin Central USA
Deciduous Yes
Status Rare
Tag 2193
Missing old tag 14
Height 8M November 2022
Girth 50cm September 2022
Reference 845

This tree is towards the north of Old Man's Wood east, beside a footpath and 30M east of the Summerhouse Cafe.

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Maclura pomifera bark
early October 2022

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Maclura pomifera leaves
early October 2022

General tree description

Maclura pomifera grows to a height of around 15 metres and has a rounded crown. It has grey-brown bark with deep red-brown or orange fissures. The leaves are ovate, 5 to 8 cm long and dark glossy green. Flowers appear in early summer and female trees produce orange-like fruits up to 13cm across, initially green but ripening to yellow. The fruits contain seeds if a male tree (pollinator) is present.