Osage Orange » Maclura pomifera
Osage Orange Characteristics
Osage Orange Wood CharacteristicsThis is a fine textured wood with a close grain. Due to the tree being small, it's rarely available in long lengths or wide widths. The tree grows with numerous stress checks (cracks) running throughout therefore the wood yeilded is often checked. The wood is, however, durable and attractive.
Color RangeThe heartwood is bright yellow when fresh cut, planed or sanded and quickly oxidizes to russet brown. Sapwood is white to ivory.
Other NamesBodare, Bodark, Bodock, Bois d'arc, Bow wood, Hedge, Hedge apple, Horse apple, Naranjo chino, Osage, Osage orange
Some Typical UsesTurnings, archery bows, small accent pieces, boxes, accessories, pens
What's the Tree Like?A short, scraggly, spiney tree that's often crooked and no more than 24" in diameter. The Osage Orange tree grows in North America
4.67lbs /Bd. Ft.
30.45% heavier than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)
2380Janka Rating (?)
84.50% harder than red oak (1290 lbf)
0.80Specific Gravity (?)
25.00% more dense than red oak (.64)
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