Staphylea trifolia American Bladdernut Seed & Plant
( STAF-ih-le-a try-foh-lee-AY-tuh)
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|Habitat||Bloom Period||Color||Height feet||Moisture||Plant Spacing||Lifespan|
|shade, partial sun||blooms-
Aug - Nov
|white||25 feet||average to moist||3 to 10 feet||small tree|
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Staphylea is from a Greek phrase meaning "cluster of grapes"; trifolia refers to the three leaflets.
trifoliata or American Bladdernut grows as a shrub or small tree in rich wooded
valleys and north or east facing wooded slopes preferring areas of limestone or
dolomite and is often found growing along streams. Native American Bladdernut
trees have drooping clusters of small white to cream flowers in the spring but is grown more for its
interesting clusters of bladder-like 2 inch long seed capsules that rattle in the
wind. American Bladdernut foliage remains green late into Autumn eventually
turning a yellowish-green. This shrub with its clusters of white flowers
in spring, dark green leaves, and interesting pods makes an attractive border
planting in partial shade.
Staphylea trifolia is used in native plant gardens, naturalized areas, shade gardens and woodland areas
Staphylea trifolia is a deciduous shrub in the family Staphyleaceae
(Bladdernut family) and native to the Midwest & Eastern US. American
Bladdernut trees bloom in April & May and grow 10 to 15 feet tall and 10 to
20 feet wide. Bladdernut trees grow in partial to full shade in dry to
medium soil and tolerates a wide range of soil conditions.
Staphylea trifolia American Bladdernut has showy flowers in spring & showy fruit in the fall. American bladdernut is a native fast-growing, suckering, shrub or small tree that commonly occurs in woodland thickets, bottomlands, and moist soils along streams throughout Midwest & Eastern US. Bladdernut in the wild establishes dense colonies often growing in a shrubby form 10-15' tall (less frequently to 25'). Compound, trifoliate (three parted), dark green leaves (each ovate leaflet to 4" long). Bladdernut trees have white, bell-shaped flowers in drooping clusters in spring. Flowers give way to inflated, bladder-like, egg-shaped, papery seed capsules (1-2" long) which mature in late summer and often persist into early winter. The showy seed capsules add interest to dried flower arrangements.
Plant seeds outside in fall/early winter for germination the following spring. Seeds apparently have a double dormancy. Three months warm moist followed by three months at 40 degrees.
Native American Bladdernut grows wild from Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma, north to Quebec and west to Ontario and Minnesota. The map below shows areas where this tree grows wild but it can be planted and will grow over a wider area than shown. USDA plant hardiness zones 3 to 9.
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Staphylea trifoliata American Bladdernut Plant distribution map complements of USDA, NRCS. 2001. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.1 (http://plants.usda.gov). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.