Oklahoma Osage Orange

Oklahoma Osage Orange 

Here in the Owasso Oklahoma area we live on the edge of the awesome prairie as well as the edge of the Ozark mountains which stretch into Missouri and Arkasas.  That means we have a very unique landscape that offers fun surprises at times, such as this Oklahoma Osage Orange.

I came across this softball sized oddity one day while I was out showing property in the Oologah, Oklahoma area.  It's called an Oklahoma Osage Orange but is also known as a Monkey Ball, Hedge Ball, Horse Apple, Green Brains or even a Mock Orange.  In Texas, I'm told they're called Horse Apples.

Old Timers believed that the Hedge Apple was a natural insect and spider repellent.  To that end, people will keep an Oklahoma Osage Orange or Hedge Apple in their home.  In the AC, it will last a couple of months.

The Hedge Apple tree is native to southern Oklahoma and northern Texas around the Red River area, but can be found in places such as Virginia.  While not poisonous, they can be dangerous to livestock when eaten because they can get lodged in an animal's throat and choke them to death.

Here's an intersting fact about this weird and fun tree and (fruit?).  Not all Hedge Apple trees will bear the fruit because some of the trees are males and some are females.  I'm not sure which one bears the fruit.  Another fun fact is that the Osage Orange tree is a cousin tree to the mulberry tree.

Here's a picture of the area where I came across this Osage Orange.

Oklahoma Hedge Apple TreeYou can see that there were lots of Monkey Balls on the ground.  It was a fun find!

For more information about the Oklahoma Osage Orange, check out the following...

Hedgeapple.com has lots of facts about this intersting tree.

You can buy Hedge Apples here!

This guy makes bows out of Hedge Apple wood 


if if you have hedge apples in your part of the world, leave a comment telling us where you live!


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Comment balloon 12 commentsBob Haywood • August 30 2015 05:07AM


Good morning, Bob -- what interesting textures in this photo. 

Have a great Sunday and week ahead.

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 about 5 years ago

Michael, I had a complete blog written and when I posted it, only the picture showed up. So now I'm re-writing!

Posted by Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com (McGraw Realtors) about 5 years ago

Bob, in our area we call them hedge apples.  I remember we had a hedge row of them by our high school football practice field and thank goodness for helmets!

Posted by Bruce Walter (Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana) about 5 years ago

Good morning Bob. Have never seen anything like them before, thanks for the explanation.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) about 5 years ago

wow.... question.. do they taste good? they can be eaten?

Posted by Mike Rock, Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less (Complete Design) about 5 years ago

Mike. You can only eat the seeds. But it's a fairly nasty process.  

Posted by Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com (McGraw Realtors) about 5 years ago

How cool is that, Bob!  I think I may have seen a few of those in my life, but had no idea what they were!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 5 years ago

I grew up with a hedgeapple tree in my yard. My brothers would line them up on the road so cars would hit them and they made a mess. I remember the drivers would get so angry.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 5 years ago

Bob, I grew up in Kansas, and we had a bunch of these trees in our back yard.  It wasn't easy to mow!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 5 years ago

I've often seen these trees and their fruit, but never knew what they were.  Thanks for the education.

Posted by KanDo Organization, Helping you find more time in your life! (The KanDo Organization LLC) about 5 years ago

Where can I pick up off the ground these hedge apples along side the road. I am willing to even pay for them but only 2 or 3

Posted by Carolina Barthol over 3 years ago

I have lots in my yard. You can have all you want but if you take one you have to take them all.

Posted by Bryce about 3 years ago