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Staphylea trifolia

Bladdernut

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Staphylea trifolia (Bladdernut)

A small tree for partially shaded areas. In spring, young leaves emerge with three bright green leaflets that turn dark green in the summer and pale yellow in fall. In the spring, the small tree produces many greenish-white, bell-shaped flowers on long chains. Fruit ripens in September into inflated balloons that can be popped in the hand. The tree forms large suckering colonies.

Additional Information:


Height
10-15 Feet

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Spread
8-12 Feet

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USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
American Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana), Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum), Northern Sea Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium), Pecan (Carya illinoensis), Shingle Oak (Quercus imbricaria), Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

FAC

Season of Interest

Early (Feb-Apr)
Late (July-frost)

Soil Moisture

Average

Special Features

Good Berries

Special Uses

Dried Flower

Sun Exposure

Shade
Medium Sun/Average Shade

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Cover
Nesting