What is an Osage Apple Good For?

The hedge apple, the fruit of the Osage-orange tree, has few uses and is a landscaping "nuisance," according to the University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension. Birds and wildlife do not eat the bumpy, yellow-green fruit. Iowa State University toxicologists found that although hedge apples contain compounds that can repel insects, the compounds must be extracted and concentrated to be effective.

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Cameron Delaney is a freelance writer for trade journals and websites and an editor of non-fiction books. As a journalist, Delaney worked for wire services, newspapers and magazines for more than 20 years. Delaney's degrees include a bachelor's in journalism from Penn State and a master's in liberal arts from University of Denver.