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Uses for Hedge Apples

What is a hedge apple good for?

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October 9, 20170 found this helpful

The trees provide some protection for wildlife. The apple has no food value.

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October 9, 20170 found this helpful

The animals do not eat them but nest in them.

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October 9, 20170 found this helpful

Here are some facts about the Hedge Apple tree:

  1. Most people call the yellow-green fruit Hedge Apples. The fruit is produced by the Osage-Orange.
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  3. The trees are native to Eastern Texas, southwestern Arkansas, and southeastern Oklahoma.
  4. The trees are easy to transplant and do well in poor soil conditions.
  5. It is used as a barrier for livestock and many people plant the Hedge Apple instead of using barbwire.
  6. The wood of the tree is very hard and is used to make fence posts, bows, furniture and wood nails.
  7. The fruit of the tree is dangerous and can become a dangerous weapon if eaten by small children. Many families won't plant this around their home if they have young children. The children try to eat the apples and they are harmful and dangerous.
  8. You can use the Hedge Apple tree around the foundation of your home as a pest control for cockroaches, spiders, crickets and other bugs that enter your home.
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  10. The tree isn't suitable to use for landscaping because of the large green fruit and sticker or thorns on the tree. Many states such as southern Iowa are starting to band the trees in these areas.
  11. The milky juice present in the stems of the plant can cause skin irritation.
  12. People suspect the fruit is poisonous to livestock, but it hasn't been proven yet.

Basically the tree is only good for planting around your home if you have a lot of insects that enter your home. I personally wouldn't plant this tree in my yard or close to my home because of the throns, milky sap, skin irritations, and a possibility of a small child eating this fruit on the tree.

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October 10, 20170 found this helpful

You can actually use them as an effective insect repellent.

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October 17, 20170 found this helpful

This is an interesting question. You do not say if you have a Hedge-Apple tree, have seen them for sale or if you are just curious as to their use.

  • Actually, most scientific studies do not show there is any really good use for a Hedge Apple but it does appear the wood of the tree has some commercial uses.
  • The Hedge Apple can be used as an ornamental fruit but it will eventually rot and have to be thrown away (can make a big mess so has to be used in a bowl).
  • This information from a University site: The use of the hedge apples for insect control is one of the most enduring pest management home remedies. Placement of hedge apples around the foundation or inside the basement is claimed to provide relief from cockroaches, spiders, boxelder bugs, crickets and other pests. There is no scientific evidence that this works.
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  • That simply means they have not tested it so they cannot say yea or nae (but lean towards the nae).
  • It is not recommended as a suitable tree for the home landscape because of its large fruit and sharp thorns.
  • Here are a couple of sites that have some information about the Hedge Apple - just for reading if interested.
  • https://lancast  e/hedgeapple.htm
  • https://hortnew  /hedgeapple.html

Some people swear by their use as an insect repellent so maybe it does work for some??

Here are a couple of regular sites that have some information but they are also skeptical about the insect repellent use.

https://www.hun  for-hedge-apples

http://homeguid  llent-74023.html

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