A native to the mid-United States, M. pomifera is occasionally found in hedgerows in Ontario. Known for its distinctive large green fruit the size of oranges, it is also a relative to the Mulberry. The grey, lightly fissured bark is quite attractive. The yellow autumn colour is quite intense and makes a definite contribution to the landscape. Pollution tolerant it may see some use as an urban tree if male trees are planted.
|USDA Hardiness Zone
|Canadian Hardiness Zone
|A deciduous medium-sized tree. Wood is valuable for making bows and is amazingly rot resistant.
|Has been used for hedgerows in the plains states, has potential for rugged, polluted areas.
|Large yellow-green fruit, inner bark is orange and milky sap appears when spines or leaves are broken off.
|A few leaf spots have been reported but are not serious.
|On old trunks, the bark develops ashy brown with irregular longitudinal fissures and scaly ridges. The wood itself is of a characteristic orange colour.
|Flower/Leaf Bud Description
|Terminal, small, globular and brown in colour.
|Simple, ovate to oblong-lanceolate, alternate and are 5 - 12.5 cm long. Glabrous, lustrous bright to dark green and glabrous above.
|Not ornamentally important, bloom in June.
|A large 7.5 - 30 cm wide globose syncarp of drupes covered with a mamillate rind and yellow-green in colour.
|Leaves are bright, shiny medium to dark green in summer, autumn colour varies from yellow-green to a good yellow.
|Medium in leaf; coarse in fruit and winter.
|Ridgetown College, Ridgetown, Ontario, Canada.