Ask a Question forum: have you ever grown or USED osage orange?

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Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
May 21, 2016 6:46 PM CST
Oddest looking fruit next to dragonfruit.

Apparently it had many uses, wondering if anyone has any info personally.

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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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May 21, 2016 8:39 PM CST
We are not growing any here, but we used Osage orange for fence posts on a previous farm. I have also heard they repel cockroaches so we had a few rolling around the house for a while - didn't see any cockroaches inside, but then we seldom do.
Name: Karen
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May 21, 2016 9:41 PM CST
They are definitely strange looking! Here is an article with a lot of interesting info.
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Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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May 21, 2016 10:11 PM CST
Horse apples. I have a little plant, but need to move it, too much shade from nearby trees and it's just in the way. I brought a fruit home once and a stray seed must have germinated. Then I didn't recognize what the plant was for quite a while.
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