Osage-orange-windbreak

A no longer maintained hedgerow of Osage orange not far from where I live reminds us of both the promise and the potential problems of making a living fence with this species. Clearly it can become a major element in the landscape, serving as this one still does as a substantial windbreak. But if the desire is for a much shorter, tighter fence, a commitment to severe pruning twice each growing season is essential. Given that sort of discipline, Osage orange can be grown into an impenetrable hedge four feet high and two wide—“horse-high, bull-strong, and hog-tight.”

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