The Q&A Archives: Tree Type

Question: Can you give me some information on a tree I was familiar with in the South (Texas): It had large, bumpy, light green "fruit" (inedible) on it which I knew as "horseapples". I would like the name, if possible. Thanks in advance.

Answer: I think you're refering to Osage Orange (Maclura pomifera). This is a fast-growing deciduous tree or shrub with a spreading, open habit. There are both male and female plants. If there's a male nearby the female will produce large, lumpy fruit sometimes called hedge-apples. These inedible fruits resemble bumpy, yellow-green oranges. Osage Orange grows prolifically in your gardening region.

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