Osage oranges

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Macular Pomifera aka Osage orange or hedge apple produces quantities of fruit that will not be ignored. Size, shape, color, texture, scent… everything about them screams for attention. This online article by the Great Planes Nature Center in Kansas indicated that the Pomifera trees were kept as shrub hedges originally to fence in property, the branches are covered in large thorns. I tested their sharp edge today when picking up the fruits and they are very painful. I can see how cattle might think twice before risking an encounter with the trees.

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On the plus side, the seed pods make for great (free) outdoor decor in the fall, decor that can become squirrel food later on.

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