Greensboro, NC(Zone 7a)

introduced to an odd looking fruit. soft ball in size, a bit more green than a lemon, very gnarly like a brain with little hairs
lady said it might have apple in the name. don't know if it's edible or not. I am located in Greensboro, NC and the tree is growing some where down the road.

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Beautiful, BC(Zone 9b)

Maclura pomifera http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/54097/

Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

Osage orange, horse apple, bois d'arc, and a few others that escape me as well

Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

Ditto to Osage-orange. Not edible for people (cows and horses can eat them though)

Resin

KC Metro area, MO(Zone 6a)

Hedge apple is another. Have several in my yard.

Gages Lake, IL

Quote from Rick_Chapman :
introduced to an odd looking fruit. soft ball in size, a bit more green than a lemon, very gnarly like a brain with little hairs
lady said it might have apple in the name. don't know if it's edible or not. I am located in Greensboro, NC and the tree is growing some where down the road.


I think it's an osage orange. Here's the Wikipedia on it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maclura_pomifera.

Scott County, KY(Zone 5b)

That is the fruit from a female tree of Maclura pomifera, as mentioned above. Goes by multiple common names, with Osage-orange and Hedge-apple being among the most common.

Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

I do believe the experts are all in accord with this one, chuckl

Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

In this area, a lot of homes are built on pier and beam above ground. The older folks would throw these fruits up under their homes. The Osage orange is reputed to repel various bugs and critters.

Interesting but like any folklore, people come down on both sides of that issue.

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