I suspect not a fluke, so much as indication of pigmented crab somewhere in
its ancestry. Several of the red-fleshed selections I have growing in my
orchard(Winter Red Flesh, Almata, Scarlet Surprise) have red/purple-tinged
foliage, red/pink blossoms, and red/purple pigmented wood. I know Almata
and WRF have a crab parent.
I wonder if malus has the short life span of
peach. From what I've seen from apples vs: peach this would not ring
and give you a double bonus of not only bearing
fruit/apples but allowing for harvesting of some extraordinary
when the apple has outlived it's usefulness.
Would take what, something in the neighborhood of 20+ yrs to get a
(main trunk) over a foot in diameter? There is a
golden delicious that took a nose dive just off my property as this
a farm here guesstimating here around over 20 yrs
ago. I think I'll go have a look at that wood. I know it wont be
beautiful red or purple trace like yours lucky
but I want to see the grain pattern and knurls or twists after I mill and
some of the wood. I like wood turning and maybe
apple earrings, pendant for x-mas....
No kidding, OO is
Around here it is, or at least by all my friends & acquaintances who
are still farming.
Those thorns are hell on tractor & truck tires, and
no one is going to depend on an OO hedge to keep cattle & horses contained
- the legal profession would have a heyday with you if you let your livestock
run free like that. Gotta have a real fence.
Other than cutting poles
for use as fence posts, they have minimal commercial value.
I have yet to have any problem other than giving
to the blood bank when in close proximity as I maintain the planting
with a hand mower and hard rubber wheels. I don't
get it. Do the thorns grow up through the ground. I have never seen this
these are only yearlings now and haven't
undermined their perimeter.
other hand, is any of the fruit edible?
Not to my knowledge.
While I'm a N.A. Fruit Explorer, I'm not adventurous enough to try eating one
of those big fibrous, latex-filled 'brain'fruits. I'll stick to its
close relatives, the figs, mulberries and Che fruit.
We have had
discussions on Cudrania(Che fruit, Chinese Che, Mandarin melon berry, etc.) on
the list in the past - you might check the archives, or maybe Hector Black or
others will recap their experiences with it.
The wood and sheer deterrent is enough for me. As
I intend to row these and form an impenetrable barrier for the
With fence unless electric, the deer usually find
a way to compromise fence leaping with a running start over 7 to 8 foot
with very little effort and the last thing I want
is to have to destroy a deer, due to it's misfortune of getting trapped
There are no livestock on my property or abutters
livestock to contend with the OO being swallowed and the land in question is
private and duly posted so.... I can imagine in
years to come the thorns being a very effective deterrent and a real wake up
to any deer that happens along and sure not to
forget that locale in his foraging.
Archery craftsman you
say. Woo woo. Thanks!
Had no idea the
wood was prized for bows. Or posts. Or the remarkable property of the wood.
Or the beauty.
Can't wait to get some
stock to work with to see it, sounds quite beautiful.
I took a minute to do a Metacrawler (www.go2net.com
) search on 'Osage orange' - quite a bit of
info out there on the 'Net, including sites with instructions for building an
OO bow, places where you can purchase OO staves & billets, etc. - one of
them is, as one might expect, www.osageorange.com
I've been a frustrated amateur
flint-knapper from time to time, and have a few articles on bow-making &
handling OO wood for that purpose, but it looks like most of that info is now
readily available on the 'Net.
Thanks for the leads Lucky, I will go check this
as I love to work with wood and to find a new use for something I
am growing is an even further bonus.
Flint-knapper? Your an old flintlock gun
enthusiast? I do own a few bows and do love archery for the sport and
like very much to fashion one of my own from OO,
especially if I know I can get my hands on a drawstring that will
and oversized bow, now thanks to you.... I wonder
if the Indians used OO, way back? Would make
Additionally, I've seen folks take the fruits, slice them
on a bandsaw, dry the slices and use them in a number of 'craft-y'
applications. They're quite unusual and handsome, when shellacked,
From reading your other posts on the cudrania the
OO would be the rootstock of choice but I'm wondering if a
(Dragon-monstrosa) would fare better, having a
true citrus strain, perhaps?
I think I'll do some digging on this genus and
see what bears out.