Plant ID forum: Tennis ball sized brain-like fruit?

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Washington D.C. (Zone 7a)
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Alexjoy
Oct 3, 2017 5:56 PM CST
Can anyone ID this seed/fruit? It's slightly larger than a tennis ball and has a brainy texture. Thanks!
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Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

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frankrichards16
Oct 3, 2017 6:04 PM CST
Maclura pomifera, aka Osage orange, hedge or horse apple, monkey ball, bois d'arc, bodark (or bodock). It is a small deciduous tree, typically growing to 25–50 ft. The fruit is bumpy spherical, 3–6 inches in diameter & filled with a sticky white latex.
Washington D.C. (Zone 7a)
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Alexjoy
Oct 3, 2017 6:08 PM CST
Thanks!
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)

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plantladylin
Oct 3, 2017 6:22 PM CST
I agree, Osage Orange (Maclura pomifera)

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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Oct 3, 2017 7:05 PM CST
Someone once told me they repelled cockroaches. I had a couple rolling around in the house for a while and did not see any cockroaches - but, then again, I hadn't seen any before either.
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Name: Amanda
KC metro area, Missouri (Zone 6a)
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pepper23
Oct 3, 2017 7:16 PM CST
Horses like them as a treat, the rest of us like the tree for the shade and wood. Some people who are super crafty paint them and use them as table decorations.
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Oct 6, 2017 7:56 AM CST
Personally, I collect the fruit and attempt to grow out the trees.

The wood doesn't rot, which makes it a very good tree to have on the homestead.
Name: Jeanne
Lansing, Iowa (Zone 5a)
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gardenglassgems
Oct 15, 2017 3:58 PM CST
Does anyone know if they actually keep spiders out of your basement? My DH's cousin just brought me 2 boxes of them. I plan to give them away.
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