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Name This Tree Fruit!

Discussion in 'Everything Else Homestead Living' started by treerooted, Dec 6, 2017 at 12:24 AM.

  1. Dec 6, 2017 at 12:24 AM
    treerooted

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    I'm very excited to have some of these, now I just need to pick a spot to grow them.

    Anyone else know what these are [​IMG] Do you have some?


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  2. Dec 6, 2017 at 12:42 AM
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    I think they're Osage Oranges - but we used to call 'em "horse apples" or "hedge apples."
     
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  3. Dec 6, 2017 at 12:48 AM
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    [​IMG] @frustratedearthmother you're the winner! [​IMG]


    I'm excited because they don't grow up here. I'm on the limit of their growing range, but hopefully I can get some started anyway.
     
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    NH Homesteader

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    Huh. Nope think I'm too far north for those! What do you do with them?
     
  5. Dec 6, 2017 at 1:07 AM
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    Osage orange, horse apples, hedge apples, bois d'arc, and bodark are some of its names.

    The wood is absolutely beautiful to make things out of it. My husband made me a cane with the wood.

    When I lived in Indiana, we had a dozen of these trees in our front yard. I loved the trees because of their unique shapes. They were tall, twisted, and great shade trees.

    Beware of the thorns. They are positively wicked. If you stepped on one, it HURT. I know...did it several times a year. :)

    Every year, I would put the fruit into a BIG pile in the woods. Squirrels and deer will eat the fruit. I don't know of any 'good' use for the fruit.

    There are those who swear that if you put the fruit in your basement, it will keep spiders away.
     
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  6. Dec 6, 2017 at 1:14 AM
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    NH Homesteader

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    Huh, learn something new every day! My husband had no idea what it was either. I'm 4b/5a too, supposedly. Pretty sure more 4 in reality.

    No thanks on the thorns, lol sounds awful!
     
  8. Dec 6, 2017 at 1:39 AM
    TexasLisa

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    The thorns will also flatten your tires. :(
     
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    Oh that sucks!

    We haven't disused yet where we want to grow them, probably along some fencing or as part of our wind breaks.
     
  10. Dec 6, 2017 at 2:10 AM
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    Evidently, not along your driveway! Lol
     
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