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Several bright-green Osage orange fruits in a wire basket

Don’t Let These “Apples” Fool You

Every fall local stores tout these big, green, gnarly-skinned fruits as "natural insect repellent." But do they really keep the bugs away? I did a little research on hedge apple lore.

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Several bright-green Osage orange fruits in a wire basket

Hedge Apples

These odd-looking fruits come from the Osage orange tree (Maclura pomifera), which is native to southwest Missouri. Midwestern settlers planted these trees to create living "horse-high, bull-strong and hog-tight" hedges on their farms. Hedge apples ripen and fall in late October and early November.

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Osage Orange

Maclura pomifera
What most people notice first about this densely branched, short-trunked, thorny tree are the weird, softball-sized, chartreuse, brainlike fruits, which often lie beneath the tree in abundance in autumn.

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Osage Orange Control

Browse methods for controlling nuisance osage orange in Missouri.

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The Enduring Osage Orange

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No longer needed for farming operations, Osage orange hedge rows are rapidly disappearing from the Midwest.

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