Trees in Kansas

The iconic tree of Kansas is the cottonwood. At this time of the year the leaves are tuning yellow and gold. The rustling of the leaves is a distinctive sound.

 

 

And this year there is an abundance of “hedge apples.”

These are  the fruit of the osage orange tree which has often been planted as hedge row between fields. I remember seeing hedge apple trees and apples on the farm where I grew up in  PA. I always thought that the apples are useless except for decoration. Some people set them in a bowl for display. However, folks here is KS say that a hedge apple will keep crickets and other insects out of your house. I never heard this claim before. Have any of my blog readers heard this? And can you verify that it works?

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