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| Bois d'Arc, Osage Orange, Bodark, Bow Wood, Hedge Apple, Horse Apple, Naranjo Chino, Yellow Wood|
The bois d'arc is native to the rich limestone clay soils of the Great Blackland Prairies, where annual rainfall averages 32-35 inches. However, it is very adaptable to poorer soils and lower moisture levels. Its fruit is a large, green ball 4 to 6 inches in diameter with a rough suface, very milky inside. The wood is a characteristic orange, and it is extremely resistant to rot. In French 'bois d'arc' means 'wood of the bow,' and refers to the Osage Indians's use of the arched branches for bow wood.
Plant Habit or Use: medium tree
Flower Color: inconspicuous
Blooming Period: spring
Fruit Characteristics: large yellow-green ball 4 to 6 inches in diameter with a rough surface
Height: to 40 ft.
Width: 20 to 40 ft.
Plant Character: deciduous
Heat Tolerance: very high high
Water Requirements: low
Soil Requirements: adaptable