Tree Cultivars That Do Not Produce Seeds Or Fruits

Aesculus x ‘Baumannii’

‘Ace of Hearts’ redbud – no seed pods

Perhaps you don’t like picking up messy fruits and seeds from your lawn in the fall and winter. Choose landscape trees that have seedless cultivars. A true seedless variety is an easy choice to avoid fruit cleanup.

Below are a few non-fruiting or seedless cultivars available at nurseries. Not all plants listed are recommended for all home landscapes. For example, avoid planting any species of ash (Fraxinus spp.) because of the threat of Emerald Ash Borer  (EAB) infestaations. So do your homework before purchasing.

A few of my personal favorites include:  ‘Autumn Blaze’ hybrid maple, ‘Espresso’ Kentucky coffeetree, any male ginkgo,  ‘Slender Silhouette’ sweetgum, and ‘Ace of Hearts’ and ‘Don Egolf’ redbuds.

Boxelder (Acer negundo) – male cultivars ‘Baron’

Red Maple (Acer rubrum) ‘Flame’, ‘Northwood’

Silver maple (A. saccharinum) ‘Beebe Cutleaf Weeping’, ‘Silver Queen’, ‘Skinneri’

Hybrid maples (Acer x freemanii) ‘Celzam’, ‘Autumn Blaze’, ‘Jeffersred’ (nearly seedless)

Red horse chestnut (Aesculus x carnea) – Ruby, ‘Briotti’ (almost fruitless)

‘Baumann’ Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum ‘Baumannii’)

Redbud (Cercis canadensis) ‘Ace of Hearts’, ‘Flame’ (double flowered)

Chinese redbud (Cercis chinensis ‘Don Egolf’) – no seed

American persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) – male clones

American ash (Fraxinus americana) ‘Skyline’, ‘Autumn Purple’, others.

Green Ash (F. pennsylvanica), ‘Marshall Seedless’, ‘Summit’, others.

Kentucky coffeetree (Gymnocladus diocus ‘Espresso’)

Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba), use male cultivars such as ‘Halka’, ‘Autumn Gold’, ‘Princeton Sentry’

Honeylocust (Gleditsia triacanthos f. inermis) ‘Fairview’, ‘Green Glory’, ‘Imperial’, ‘Moraine’, ‘Shademaster’, ‘Skyline’, ‘Sunburst’

Hollies (Ilex spp.) -male clones

Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) ‘Rotundiloba’, Happidaze™,  ‘Slender Silhouette’

Crabapple (Malus spp.), ‘Spring Snow’ (fruitless, but fire blight and apple scab susceptible)

‘Chapparal’ Weeping Mulberry (Morus alba) ‘Chaparral’

Kwanzan cherry (Prunus serrulata ‘Kwanzan’)

Black locust (Robinia pseudoaccia ‘Frisia’)

Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)

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