I am thinking about planting a white-flowered (eastern) redbud in my backyard to eventually replace a 60+ year old apricot that is in decline. I love the spare look and form of a mature redbud but I am worried about the seedpods. I know they can be considered ornamental and provide winter interest, but to me they just make the tree look cluttered and yucky if there are too many.
Looking at Google images of redbuds, I see a lot where the pods don't look prominent, and some others where they are almost literally covering the tree. What determines how abundantly they produce seed? I know it sounds extreme, but is it anything that could be controlled chemically? I suppose in a very heavy year I could just pick a lot of them off. I would think that a late freeze would take care of many of them, but that's not really something I could rely on.
I would appreciate hearing anyone's experiences with redbuds, good and bad. I have read that they tend to be short-lived here, so I am prepared for that. I've just always thought they are a beautiful tree.
Also I realize I would get more responses from the Trees forum, but you all are a much nicer group. :)