Where do hedge
balls come from?
Hedge balls are the fruit of the Osage Orange Tree (Maclura pomifera).
Are they edible?
No - but they are not poisonous. Squirrels love to eat the seeds of
the hedge ball.
What was the Osage
Orange Tree used for?
In the 1800's, they were planted as a living fence - or hedge - along the
boundaries of farms. The hedges were pruned to promote bushy growth. The
criteria for a good hedge made with the Osage Orange Tree was, "Horse high, bull
strong and hog tight." By the invention of barbed wire in the 1880's, the hedge
Is the wood of the
tree used for anything?
Yes. It was and still is used for fence posts. The wood is so
strong and dense that it will neither rot nor succumb to the attacks of termites or to
insects for decades. The Native Americans used the strong yet limber branches for
the construction of their bows.
How do I use these
People place them in cupboards, around basement windows, on
garage floors and around the inside and outside of the house.
Do I need to place
these "balls" inside a dish or something?
Some people have reported that they have never had a problem with them
leaving any residue as they age and dry. Others "play it safe" and place
them in a bowl, on a piece of foil or plastic. Some balls could possibly ooze a
What is the life span
of these hedgeballs?
This all depends on the conditions they are placed in. If they are
kept from freezing and extreme heat, they could last 1 to two months.
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