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Rick_Chapman
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7a)

October 7, 2012
8:37 AM

Post #9298419

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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growin

growin
Vancouver, BC
(Zone 8b)


October 7, 2012
8:42 AM

Post #9298429

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

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 7, 2012
8:45 AM

Post #9298435

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

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

October 7, 2012
3:44 PM

Post #9298862

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

Resin
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

October 7, 2012
4:43 PM

Post #9298933

Hedge apple is another. Have several in my yard.
SamanthaS
Gages Lake, IL

October 7, 2012
7:53 PM

Post #9299092

Rick_Chapman wrote: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.

ViburnumValley

ViburnumValley
Scott County, KY
(Zone 5b)

October 8, 2012
1:02 AM

Post #9299194

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.

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 8, 2012
3:34 AM

Post #9299218

I do believe the experts are all in accord with this one, chuckl
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 8, 2012
5:44 AM

Post #9299278

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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