Location and Notable Facts
- Other names
- Horse Apple
- Bow Wood
- Scientific Family
- Moraceae (Mulberry family)
- Size (Width/Height/Growth/DBH)
- In the fall, it has bright yellow leaves.
- Bloom Description/Seed Count
- A dioecious plant so only female trees will have fruit.
- Fruit is globose; 2 to 5 inches in diameter and greenish yellow resembling a large rough orange
- Leaf Arrangement
- Simple, alternate, smooth -edged, sharp or dull-pointed 3 to 5 inches long
Photo credit to Missouri Department of Conservation
- Bark Arrangement
- Deeply and irregularly divided into ridges gray-brown
Photo credit to Iowa State University
- Comparisons to similar trees
- Native Americans used this tree for making long bows. The French name for it is “bois d’ arc” translated to “Wood of the Bow.”
- Used for fence posts because this tree has rot-resistance that can last up to 100 years.
- Local Location / History:
- Located on the Majestic Hotel site on Park Avenue