Hedge Apple is a literary magazine published more or less once a year by the students and faculty of Hagerstown Community College in Maryland. Hedge Apple publishes poetry, short fiction and artwork from Hagerstown Community College students, past and present, or faculty and personnel associated with the College.
How the heck did you come up with the name Hedge Apple?
Well, I’ll tell you…
On a grassy hillock between the classroom building and the library, stretches a stately row of Osage orange trees (Maclura pomifera), also known as bowwood, yellowwood, bois d’arc, and locally, hedge apples. The trees have thorny branches and dark-yellow tinged bark. But their most unusual characteristic is the fruit, a yellowish-green sphere with a wrinkled texture similar to a cortex. The fruit ripens in autumn and falls into the grass where it lies, bulbous and brainy, well into spring. The thick-boled, rough-barked trees, lined like the arcaded columns of a Romanesque terrace, and the distinctive fruit form one of the picturesque landmarks of the Hagerstown Community College campus.