DID YOU GUESS IT??

Hedge Apples - The Fruit of an Osage-Orange Tree
(This Can You Guess It?? photo is featured in the October Nebline Newsletter)

In the mid-1800's, Osage-orange trees were planted in midwest to create living fence rows before the introduction of barbed wire fence.

Osage Orange Tree - Click on Image for Larger View


Osage Orange Fence - Click on Image for Larger View

The wood of an Osage-orange is extremely hard, heavy, durable and shrinks or swells little compared to the wood of other trees. It is still used as fence posts in rural Lancaster County, Nebraska

Hedge Apples - The Fruit of an Osage-Orange Tree

More Resources on Hedge Apples:

Facts and Myths About Hedge Apples by Barb Ogg, Extension Educator

What Are Hedge Apples? by Don Janssen, Extension Educator

Hedge Apples: Not a Good Insect Repellent
(. pdf file 129 KB) by Barb Ogg, Extension Educator

 


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