Sometimes we see odd growths on trees and ask "What is that?" If we're told, "Those are seeds," we may say, "Then how come I've never seen them before?! I think this shaggy redbud has a problem, and that this may be a mutant magnolia!"
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Those shaggy redbuds and mutant magnolias are in evidence this year but are no worry. They are just the result of a long, frost free spring when lots of pollinators could help plants set lots of fruit. Even those that you've grown for 20 years and never seen set seed.
Magnolias, for instance, are famous for blooming so early that cold often kills the flowers before seed sets, or before bees can warm up enough to gather and spread the pollen. When gardeners do see these fruits they often think they are a tumor or gall on the twig.
Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba, right) fruit is produced in orchards in some countries, a valuable crop. However, it's pomum non gratum on North American street trees where it's not harvested but falls on walkways below, overripe and stinking. Often when it's ripest the untrained observer doesn't know where the fruit is coming from because it's hidden among the ginkgo's golden fall leaves.
Pardon our dust; still posting more odd fruits here. And based on some of the additional inquiries we're receiving we may add a second page titled "Nope, that one's not a fruit!"