Maclura tricuspidata is a tree native to East Asia, occasionally grown for its fruit, somewhat similar to that of the related mulberry (Morus spp.). It is also known by common names including cudrang, mandarin melon berry, silkworm thorn, zhe or che and Chinese mulberry (but not to be confused with Morus australis also known by that name). The germination rate is very low in nature, so it is quite rare plant.
Genus - Maclura / Cudrania
Species - Tricuspidata
Common name - Chinese Mulberry
Pre-Treatment - Required
Hardiness zones - 5 - 10
Height - 6'-12' / 1.8m - 3.7m
Plant type - Shrubs, Trees
Vegetation type - Deciduous
Exposure - Sun to Partial Shade, Light Shade
Growth rate - Slow
Soil PH - Any
Soil type - Clay, loam, sand. Moist, well drained
Water requirements - Average water needs. Water regularly, do not over water
Germination rate - 15%
Bloom season - Mid Summer - Early Fall
Leaf / Flower color - Shiny / Glossy Green / Cream / Tan
|Germination||1. Soak seeds 12-24 hours in a hot water. |
2. Stratification/ cold treatment: seeds need 30-60 days stratification period. Seeds can be stratified in dampened peat or sand, in a plastic box or bag at 4°C or 5°C in a refrigerator. The seeds should not be frozen or in a wet medium.
3. After the stratification: sow 2 mm deep, place the pot in indirect sunlight. Cover with clear plastic wrap to lock in heat and moisture for the seeds.
4. Water the germinating seeds just often enough to keep the soil moist.
5. Remove the plastic wrap when the seeds begin to sprout. Provide the seedlings with plenty of direct sunlight by placing them on a windowsill or taking them outdoors during the brightest part of the day.
6. Transplant the young trees to a semi-shaded area outdoors when they are about a foot tall. The soil in the area you intend to transplant the trees should be sandy and well-draining.
7. Water the trees deeply once a week. Increase the amount of water as the tree grows.
8. Fertilize the trees three times a year with an all-purpose liquid fertilizer for four years. After this period of time, your Osage Orange trees will thrive without assistance. (info source: ehow.com)