Osage orange (Maclura pomifera) trees, native to Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana, have naturalized in southern Michigan. They grow in the Michigan counties of Hillsdale, St. Joseph, Berrien, Kalamazoo, Oakland, Livingston and Kent. Early Michigan settlers planted the thorned, up-to-60-foot trees as nearly impenetrable barriers in place of fences.
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A freelance writer, Judy Wolfe has owned Prose for the Pros, a freelance writing business, since 2006. She's been an inveterate traveler since 1961 and draws on her travel experiences to provide articles for such websites as Chincoteague Island Vacations and Berlin Dude. Wolfe holds a Bachelor of Arts in literature from California State University at Pomona.