Fall Leaves

Hedgeapple trees, also known as Osage Orange, don’t have very flashy fall foliage. But it’s pretty when you get close up.

I’ve always thought of trees as being very forward-thinking. As this years leaves fall to the ground, trees have already formed next years’s leaves neatly packaged in sturdy little buds.

To a tree, spring is just around the corner.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ W ~~~~~~~~~~~~

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5 Responses

  1. Debbie says:

    Pretty pictures of such an overlooked tree for fall foliage!I have always wondered if hedgeapples have some purpose…..
    Are there animals that eat them, or do people cook them in some way? Are they good for the environment? LOL!

    • Suzanne says:

      No animals today eat them, but scientists think they were probably eaten by some now extinct animals. Squirrels eat the seeds buried inside the fruit though.

  2. Elaine Snively says:

    My husband turned a block of Hedgeapple wood on a lathe. The bowl was a bright yellow with wonderful grain. It is about 20 years old now, and the patina in a beautiful golden tone.

    • Suzanne says:

      It is a beautiful wood. Not sure why it is not used more in woodworking. It is very rot resistant and is used a lot for fenceposts.

  3. Rosann says:

    The fruit of the Osage Orange repels insects. I put them in the corners of the rooms and near doors. I have heard they were looking into the extract of the fruit to repel mosquitoes.

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