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Ok. This is a little weird. In Indiana we called them Osage oranges. and played something more like lawn bowling with them. But they make a pretty neat natural dye bath for wool yarn. Sadly, I have not found any here in my not rural at all Baltimore - Washington area. So bowl an extra for me this year!

Kelly Kautz

I love these. They sell them at my local gardening store, and some people display them as a natural kind of potpourri. I've read that while nothing actually eats these things, some scientists theorize that they were once eaten by sloths that have since gone extinct. I don't know if that's true, but I love thinking about ancient sloths chomping away on these things :)

Judy H.

Random trivia alert! Various names for this tree are: Maclura pomifera; Osage Orange; Hedge; Hedge Apple; Horse Apple; Bois d'Arc; Bodark...
Had many hedge trees on the farm where my hubby grew up. Love their chartreuse color. :)


I've never seen these before in my life! They look so pretty though; now it's on my list of things to do before I die: find hedge apple, bowl with it (but not with Carol's Thanksgiving party, in case I'm any good). Thanks for sharing!


I went to a fall wedding a few years back and the table centerpieces had hedge apples as taper candle holders and bunches of wheat tied with ribbon. They simply drilled a hole to set the taper in. It was beautiful. It would make a pretty Thanksgiving centerpiece too! We played "baseball" with them as kids and I do put them in the unfinished parts of my basement to keep the spiders out. I was never sure if that was an old wives tale or not but my grandma told me to do it so I do!

Violet Cadburry

Yikes, there are hedge apples for sale in a local gardening faux design shop as part of a disply in a glass container with potpourri -- only $68 -- maybe you should start collecting those things.


Note to Kelly: Skunks, racoons, squirrels, and o'possums will break and eat the centers and soft white interior once they've frozen and can be broken open.

Kelly Kautz

Aww, I liked my sloth fantasy :) But at least they serve some practical purpose.


It took me a day to remember what they were, but out here we call those things osage oranges. Ages ago when I was dying wool with natural dyes I used them -- they make a rich yellow color. In fact, OMG now this is a memory I haven't had for a LONG time, but an organic chemistry teacher I had in college even isolated some of the pigment from osage oranges for me to try out as a dye! Wow, that must have been around 35 years ago! What a nice trip down memory lane! I don't remember where I used to see these, but they used to grow in Central and north central California along country roads... will have to go looking again! Thanks for the inspiration!!


I never saw these before, never even heard of these before. They are amazing. I love their color. (Almost the color of my house trim!) I've never been any good at bowling, can't imagine I'd be any good bowling with hedge apples, but I think it would be a lot of fun. Now if I could just find some.

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