Strange Fruit?

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Date Photo Taken: 12/25/2012
Location: Rome, GA
Posted By: lindsaydnichols


I was wondering if you could help me identify the plant I
have attached? I came across these in Rome, GA while taking a walk
near my parent’s property. They seemed to be some sort of fruit?
About the size of a grapefruit…mushy on the inside, no distince
smell, if I remember correctly. Kind of hard and bumpy on the
outside….a pale yellow color. I’m stumped as there was no tree with
fruit on it around…they were everywhere though. Dozens!


  1. spatialdrift Flower Fanatic says:

    Could it be an osage orange?

    March 27th, 2013 at 11:33 am
  2. rpaul Unregistered says:

    I’m not sure from the picture but it may be Osage Orange.
    We see a lot of them around Montgomery, AL. The wood of the tree is very hard and it has long spines on it.

    March 27th, 2013 at 4:46 pm
  3. Jenny A. Unregistered says:

    Looks like Osage Orange to me. I think they can also be called “horse apples”.

    March 27th, 2013 at 10:47 pm
  4. stone Unregistered says:

    Looks like you found fruit from an Osage orange. (maclura pomifera)

    These trees used to be common, the native Americans planted them… Farmers planted them as fencing, before barbed wire was invented…
    They’re getting harder to find anymore, so consider yourself blessed.
    They’re relatively easy to grow from the fruit, one way is to leave the fruit in a bucket of water, until it gets mushy… And after mashing them like mashed potatoes, pour the mixture in a shallow trench…
    I’ve also grown them simply by planting the entire fruit.

    March 28th, 2013 at 8:44 am
  5. Bobby Flower Fanatic says:

    I’m thinking wild gourds.

    March 28th, 2013 at 8:58 am

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