Staphylea trifolia

Common name: Bladdernut

Native plant

Bladdernut is a large shrub with white bell-shaped flowers that occur on panicles in May. The seed is a 1-1.5 inch bladder-like capsule. The capsule remains on the branch a month after the leaves fall. When shaken or blown by the wind, the seeds rattle in the capsule. Bladdernut does best in good garden soil with full sun to light shade.


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Road-side/Salt Tolerant, Yards that Flood


Floodplain, Moist Woods, Sandy Soils, Savannas, Woodlands

Growth form

Dence Growth Form, Shrubby/Clump, Colonizing / Spreading, Rhizomatous/stoloniferous

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
8 Feet
Mature width
6 Feet
Max height
12 Feet
Max width
10 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Pollinator hot spot

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