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Cultural Details for Staphylea trifolia

Common Name:
American Bladdernut

Growth Rate:
Medium to fast.

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:
Taller than wide at maturity.

Flower Details:
Perfect, greenish white, bell-shaped, abundant. April-May

Fruit Details:
A 3-lobed, 1 to 1.5" long, inflated capsule, pale green changing to light brown, effective in September. Usually containing several hard, yellowish brown 3/16" diameter rounded seeds.

Fall Color:
Pale dull yellow.

Bark Details:
Light, greenish gray with linear white fissures. Smooth.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
None serious.

Native Habitat:
Quebec to Ontario and Minnesota, south to Georgia and Missouri. Cultivated 1640.

Other Features:
Upright, heavily branched.

Culture and Care:
Zone 3-8

This plant was blooming:
4/15/2005 - 5/6/2005

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
Bed 220

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.