you were raised in the Northwest, odds are you have never seen an Osage
Orange tree. Other names are Mock Orange, Hedge Apple,
One day while going to work in northern Texas I saw green, grapefruit sized fruit hanging off several trees lining the roadway.
Never having seen a grapfruit tree, I assumed these were grapefruit trees. The puzzling thing was that the fruit never changed color.
got quite a few laughs when I brought some of the fruit into the
office, asking what in the world these were. They couldn't be
grapefruit. That's where I first heard the term Hedge Apple.
Anyway, I also found out that these trees have a fascinating history and that the wood from these trees can get quite expensive.
They are apparently drought tolerant and resistant to wide swings in temprature. I planted two of them in the spring of 2006. They were about 12" tall and the buds promptly died and the stems dried up.
A month or so later some new growth appeared and the trees ended growing to about 26" in
length for the year.
Who knows how these will do in Northern Nevada.
Why would I bother even trying these? Fascination with the fruit and the prospect of some nice wood if I end up not liking the trees.
Apparently there is a large one somewhere in Carson City listed in the big trees register. Have to see it I can locate it one day.