TREASURE TREES

#050 Osage Orange (Maclura pomifera)

This Osage Orange was noted by Tom Martin, one of the original treasure tree founders, to be one of the biggest trees in the county. It was named state champion in 1977. This tree once stood with its sister tree, another Osage Orange, as the only trees in a large clearing, possibly as a source of shade for livestock. It was saved with the development of the Buckleigh Neighborhood in the early 2000s and became the centerpiece of a small public park. On July 4th, 2007, a firework was launched into the tree and it burned down. The charred stump is still present in the park. The sister tree still stands.

Statistics (1990)

  • Circumference (In.): 235"
  • Height (Ft.): 67'
  • Avg. Crown Spread (Ft.): 84'
  • Total Points: 323

More Information

  • Nominated By: Don McSween
  • Year Added: 1990
  • Owned By: Buckleigh Homeowners Association C/O Hawthorne Management
  • Current condition: Gone
  • Neighborhood: Buckleigh
  • Property Type: Public Park
  • Nearest Address: Buckleigh Neighborhood, off Rocky RIver Road
  • Ecological Value: Female Osage Orange trees have sharp spines on their branches. Until the introduction of barbed wire, prickly Osage Orange trees were used to secure property lines, although this was likely not the reason this specific tree was planted.
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