Tree Maximums - Tree of the Week: Osage Orange

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Tree Maximums - Tree of the Week: Osage Orange

Post by Matt Markworth » Fri Jan 10, 2014 7:17 pm

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Hi All,

Tree of the Week: Maclura pomifera, Osage Orange

Excerpt from Jess's Maxlist:
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Jess's post on the large trees in Elkton, KY . . .
The osage oranges surrounded one of the older houses located in the central part of town. The 14'7" tree's leaning, gradually tapering trunk encased in deeply furrowed orange reminded me more of an incense cedar than any broadleaf species. The compact crown atop that trunk consisted of many multiply arching branches, a structure seen in shade grown roses, forsythias, and other thinly branched bushes, and to a lesser degree in tuliptrees.

http://www.nativetreesociety.org/fieldt ... nty_ky.htm
Dale's post on the tree with a big spread at Ryerson Station State Park . . .
The largest was located on the edge of a field (not part of a fence row) which went to 10.4ft CBH x 72.6ft avg spread x 65.7ft high for 208.7AF Points.

http://www.nativetreesociety.org/fieldt ... e_park.htm
Here's my post on the 18.57' x 51.5' tree I measured at Miami University: http://www.ents-bbs.org/viewtopic.php?f=111&t=5371 I'll get a spread measurement the next time I'm there. Some photos . . .
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Please reply with these measurement details if you've measured an impressive specimen. Please include photos when possible.

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Tree of the Week Guidelines: http://www.ents-bbs.org/viewtopic.php?f=393&t=5221

Tree of the Week Forum: http://www.ents-bbs.org/viewforum.php?f=393

vTree Fact Sheet: http://dendro.cnre.vt.edu/dendrology/sy ... .cfm?ID=57

Don Leopold video . . .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4ynrJxheA4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4ynrJxheA4

Matt Markworth
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Re: Tree Maximums - Tree of the Week: Osage Orange

Post by Rand » Fri Jan 10, 2014 8:12 pm

My favorite parking lot tree...in the fall...after the rain of fruits gets smashed to a green vomit-slick by the traffic.

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Re: Tree Maximums - Tree of the Week: Osage Orange

Post by Matt Markworth » Fri Jan 10, 2014 8:25 pm

Rand wrote:My favorite parking lot tree...in the fall...after the rain of fruits gets smashed to a green vomit-slick by the traffic.
Rand,

You crack me up:)

I'd love to see this species in it's native range, away from the fence rows and parking lots!

Matt

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Re: Tree Maximums - Tree of the Week: Osage Orange

Post by Rand » Sat Jan 11, 2014 9:36 am

Matt Markworth wrote:
Rand wrote:My favorite parking lot tree...in the fall...after the rain of fruits gets smashed to a green vomit-slick by the traffic.
Rand,

You crack me up:)
Glad to be of service. ;)

Anyway there was one that sat at the exit of my apartment complex and I got to run over it every day in the fall. Whoohooo...It's like an extra New Years day or something.

I'd love to see this species in it's native range, away from the fence rows and parking lots!

Matt
I've seen a couple growing in stream valleys surrounded by other trees and they don't seem to develop that much differently than what you pictured here. I'm guessing that they are a fairly shade intolerant pioneer species.

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Re: Tree Maximums - Tree of the Week: Osage Orange

Post by George Fieo » Wed Apr 09, 2014 10:09 pm

Matt,

Here's my nomination for Osage orange.

Species (Scientific): Maclura pomifera
Species (Common); Osage orange
Height (ft): 87.6
CBH (ft): 9.6
Maximum Spread (ft):
Average Spread (ft):
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Site Name: Valley Forge National Park
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Country: USA
State or Province: Pennsylvania
Property Owner: National Park Service
Date of Measurement: 1/19/2014
NTS Measurer(s): George Fieo
Method of Height Measurement: Sine Top-Sine Bottom with handheld Nikon 440 laser rangefinder, Brunton clinometer.
Tree Name:
Habitat: Floodplain forest
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9.6' x 87.6' Osage orange.
9.6' x 87.6' Osage orange.
George

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Re: Tree Maximums - Tree of the Week: Osage Orange

Post by Matt Markworth » Fri Apr 11, 2014 7:44 pm

George,

Nice tree, thanks for posting! I've got some Osage orange in the mid 60's on a fence row behind my house. 87.6' is impressive!

Matt

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