As the tree develops, its bark becomes ash-brown or dark orange-brown. It develops irregular fissures and breaks into broad, scaly ridges. Although not native to Ohio, through plantings the Osage-Orange has become resident to most counties. This tree often has been used in growing hedges and fencerows. The sharp spines that arm its twigs add to the tree's usefulness in making restraining, "natural" fences. The strong, durable wood has been used for fence posts, small sturdy objects, and rustic furniture. Squirrels eat seeds from the fruit in winter.