Plant ID forum: Osage Orange (Maclura pomifera); in Central Texas

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Name: Marylyn
Houston, TX (Zone 9a)
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Marylyn
Dec 29, 2011 12:09 AM CST
I should know what this is, but... Can you help me? We saw it in the Hill Country of Texas near Fredericksburg.





Name: Marylyn
Houston, TX (Zone 9a)
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Marylyn
Dec 29, 2011 12:11 AM CST
Here are a couple more photos. The fruit looks like a nut - but it's squishy (when stepped on) and mostly hollow.




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Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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pod
Dec 29, 2011 6:41 AM CST
Osage Orange or Bois-d'arc commonly pronounced bodark. Maclura pomifera

The old timers used to place the bodark balls under their homes which were built on pier and beam. The fruits have a reputation of repelling bugs.

Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Dec 29, 2011 6:48 AM CST
Also known as horse apples!
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Dec 29, 2011 8:11 AM CST
I agree, Maclura pomifera and you should add your great photo's to the Plant Database: Osage Orange (Maclura pomifera)
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Name: Marylyn
Houston, TX (Zone 9a)
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Marylyn
Dec 29, 2011 2:01 PM CST
Thank you all VERY much!!!
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Dec 29, 2011 3:23 PM CST
Yes, that fruit gave it away, didn't it? I've got a small plant that came up sometime, but need to move it somewhere. Mostly because it can't grow into a real tree where it is.
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Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Dec 30, 2011 1:51 PM CST
Anyone who grew up in Pittsburgh knows what that is: a Monkey Ball Tree. God gave them to us so kids can have monkey ball fights. Hilarious!
http://postgazette.com/homes/20000902monkeyballs6.asp

Karen

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