Hedge apples are yellow-green fruit with 3- to 5- inch-diameter. The fruit is roughly spherical, but bumpy, and it is filled with a sticky white latex sap.
Hedge apples are the fruit from the Osage-orange tree. It is a small to medium-sized tree, having a short trunk and a rounded or irregular crown. The twigs are buff to orange-brown and are armed with one-half inch long spines. The stems exude a milky sap when cut.
The Osage-orange is native to a small area in eastern Texas, southeastern Oklahoma, and southwestern Arkansas. This region is the home of the Osage Indians which gives the tree its common name.
The wood is extremely hard, heavy, durable and shrinks or swells little compared to the wood of other trees. The wood is used for fence posts, treenails, furniture, and archery bows.
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