Staphylea trifolia

Common name: Bladdernut

Native plant

Large shrub with white bell-shaped flowers 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 well in good garden soil with full sun to light shade. Yellow fall color.

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Plant Details

Plant type

Shrub

Soil type

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

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period

Spring

Urban environment

Road-side/Salt Tolerant, Yards that Flood

Habitat

Floodplain, Moist Woods, Sandy Soils, Savannas, Woodlands

Growth form

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

Growth rate

Slow

Flower color

Whitish

Fall color

Yellow

Size

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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