Fruit of The Osage Orange Tree
Horse Apples we called them as kids. Rock hard and the size of grapefruits, they made good chunking material. Guaranteed to get your butt busted for throwing at cows, horses, or visiting cousins! Seems there was always a bois d'arc tree shading the watering tank for the livestock at the barn corral in those days.
Drought-Wind-Heat-Cold! Resistant to all! In fact the Osage Orange Tree is a perfect match for life on the Plains. Soil where it grows makes no difference. As long as it's not waterlogged; the poorer the better!
It was said that a fence had to meet certain requirements of being horse high,bull strong, and pig tight, and Osage Orange easily met those qualifications.
Oklahoma Gardner's Guide
Early Shadows-Dropped Fruit-Poor Soil!
Found several Osage orange trees growing along the upper banks of Turtle Creek in a less visited part of our city park. Heavily wooded and almost impossible to make your way to the creek, I'm sure these trees are natural occurring and probably date back to when this area was a campground for drovers on the Chisholm Trail circa 1867-1884.