Hedge apples are known by a variety of names, including horse apples, Osage oranges, monkey balls and bodark fruit. Hedge apples are the fruit of the Osage orange tree, a tree that is native to the Red River Valley area of northern Texas and southern Oklahoma. The Osage orange tree is notable for its dense, thorny branches. Because of this, the trees were planted across the country in close rows for fencing prior to the invention of barbed wire. Today hedge apples are saved and used in decoration. These unusual, knobby green, ball-shaped fruits can be placed in bowls or tied to wreaths in the style of the Williamsburg or Della Robbia wreath.
Insert the pointed end of a bamboo floral pick deep into the center of your hedge apple. The end of the pick with attached wire should be left to stick out the end of the hedge apple.
Coat the base of the pick with hot glue. This will help to secure the hedge apple to the pick and to seal the wound against rotting.
Arrange your hedge apple in the place where you want it on your wreath form.
Twist the wire onto the wreath form to secure the hedge apple in place.