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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Yet more fruit of the season

Kicking these big brain fruits down the street while I walked to school remains a very fond childhood memory. So was rolling them into traffic and watching them get pulverized by cars. Originally from Texas and Oklahoma, osage-orange (Maclura pomifera) has been spread throughout the US, but can be found only in a handful of places in Ann Arbor.  There's a 600' row of the them along the west side of the North Campus Rec Building. One presumes it is remnant of an old hedge-row planted when this area was farmland. The row picks up again north of Plymouth Rd.  Osage-orange was also once planted along State St, and specimens still stand across the street from the Produce Station.
        Closer into town, there is largish tree at the corner of Glendale and Jackson, and another at Granger and Prospect. At a quick glance, the bark and overall form could lead one to mistake it for mulberry, to which it is related botanically.  You gotta love them.

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