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Weird tree in Lynchburg sparks questions, experts weigh in

The Osage Orange Tree, which produces hedge apples, is native to Texas and is not very popular in our area, but over the years it's been naturalized here due to its invasive nature when exposed to poorly managed range and pasture land like other woody species (Photo: Whitney Burney)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Funny looking trees on Murrell Road in Lynchburg have prompted several calls into the newsroom.

After speaking with Lynchburg Tree Steward, Klaus Schreiber, come to find out, the fruits that have fallen from the trees are called hedge apples that come from the Osage Orange Tree.

The Osage Orange Tree is native to Texas and is not very popular in our area, but over the years it's been naturalized here due to its invasive nature when exposed to poorly managed range and pasture land like other woody species

Although the fruit has a sweet smell, it's not recommended that you snack on them or even handle them as they can cause a rash.

Hedge apples are not poisonous, but, according to the USDA, is host to a number of fungal, viral and insect pests.

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