December 10, 2020

My Osage Orange Trees

To stay organized during seasonal transitions at my Bedford, New York farm, we always follow a schedule of tasks from one year to the next. This week, my outdoor grounds crew is busy wrapping the boxwood in protective burlap, cleaning up the garden beds, and pruning various trees. Fortunately, the weather has allowed us time to ready the property for the cold season ahead.

We just finished pruning the long row of Osage orange trees along the fence of one of my horse paddocks. The Osage orange, Macular pomifera, is more commonly known as a hedge apple, bow wood, or bodark. The fruit is wrinkly and bumpy in appearance, and considered inedible because of the texture and taste, but they're very interesting and fun to grow.

Here are some photos, enjoy.