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Question #91628 posted on 09/14/2018 6:24 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I'm interested in finding a particular tree/trees, and if you can answer my question, then all the better.
Lately, I have been doing a lot of research on what different kinds of tree species can be found in Provo/Utah County (partly with the interest of finding seeds or fruit). The one I've had a really difficult time finding nearby, though, (and one of my favorites,) is maclura pomifera, or Osage Orange (also known as Hedge Apple or "Bodark" in some locales). I have read that they were planted somewhat in Utah Valley in the past, and I know where some trees can be found in Salt Lake and Weber counties (including an old hedgerow near 41.3136, -111.9918), but I never travel that direction very much. Do you know if there's any way I can find out if there's any growing around here?

-Tree sleuth


Dear Watson, 

You seem like you may already be aware of the Tree Tour website for BYU. It appears there aren't any Osage Orange trees on BYU campus.

I also dragged my friend on at least 5 different walks and looked for any of these trees based on what I saw when I looked them up on the Internet. Sadly, I didn't find anything. 

Sorry I couldn't help any more than this. Best of luck on your own searches! I'm sure they exist somewhere.