It’s hard not to love maple trees when you think of their crisp red, orange and yellow hues every fall. But face it: the helicopter seeds that fall along with their leaves are a pain to clean up.
What can you do when you love the tree but hate the hassle? Well, there are seedless maple trees without helicopter seeds. They’re the best of both worlds!
Find out what seedless maple tree is best for you below.
• Firefall maple (zones 3-7): A cherry-red maple that’s tolerant of harsh wind, snow and ice
• Celebration maple (zones 3-8): A tree with bright yellow and orange fall leaves that can handle ice, storms and drought
• Autumn fantasy maple (zones 3-9): A ruby-red, drought-tolerant maple
• Northwood red maple (zones 3-9): A mid-size maple with early fall color
• Marmo maple (zones 3-9): A maroon maple that can thrive in many soil types, including heavy clay
• Sun Valley maple (zones 4-7): A shady maple with a fiery red fall canopy
• Brandywine red maple (zones 4-8): A fast-growing maple with red-to-purple fall color
• Jamestown red maple (zones 4-8): A towering maple that can reach up to 70 feet
Autumn blaze and sienna glen maples do sprout helicopter seeds. However, there are many hybrid versions that are seedless – like the celebration and autumn fantasy maples above.
There are several seedless varieties of sienna glen and autumn blaze maples. But not all are. So, double-check again before buying.
Both trees have brilliant fall color, but there are a few differences between the sienna glen and autumn blaze maple. See which tree is better for you below.
• Sienna glen maple trees show fall color slightly earlier than autumn blaze maples. Also, come winter, sienna glen handles snow, ice and wind better than the autumn blaze.
• Autumn blaze maples are better if you want a quick addition to your landscape that’s easy to manage. They’re notoriously fast growers (up to 3 feet per year!) and are typically unaffected by pests or diseases.