Osage Orange is among the niche wood and dried lumber products available from Timber Works!
When dried, Maclura pomifera, commonly referred to as Osage Orange or hedge-apple in the Midwestern region, has the highest BTU rating of any North American hardwood—Osage Orange actually burns about half as hot as coal!
Super Strong and Versatile Wood
While hard to find, straight-grained Osage Orange is an ideal wood for making compound bows.In addition to making fantastic firewood, Osage Orange got its other nickname, Hedge Apple, because it is widely planted and used as a wind break along fence rows, especially in the prairie states.
Because it grows and spreads aggressively, Osage is an ideal break to prevent soil erosion across large, otherwise barren stretches of land. If left unattended, Osage can easily grow 3′ – 6′ in a single season!
In some parts of the country Osage is harvested for fence posts because of its high degree of rot resistance. Osage is remarkably free from insect and fungal enemies. In fact, the fruit of Osage Orange is commonly used as insect repellant due because it contains elemol, a chemical effective at repelling mosquitos, ticks, crickets and spiders.
While hard to find, straight-grained Osage Orange is an ideal wood for making compound bows.
Though it is only naturally indigenous to the Red River region of Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, Osage Orange has been widely naturalized throughout the United States and parts of Canada.