American Bladdernut

Staphylea trifolia Staphyleaceae

Growth habit



Long-lived polycarpic perennial

Native distribution

Quebec to Ontario and MN, South to GA and MO


Mundy Wildflower Garden

Source of plant

Woodlanders Inc., Ruth Nix


Upright, heavily branched, suckering shrub with smooth striped bark forming a solid aggregate of brush;sometimes wide-spreading reaching 10' to 15' in height, usually taller than wide at maturity. Fall color pale, dull yellow. Flowers greenish-white, bell-shaped, borne in nodding 1 1/2" to 2" long panicles, in April and May; abundant. Fruit a 3-lobed, 1" to 1 1/2" long, inflated capsule, pale green changing to light brown, effective in September.

USDA Hardiness Zone


Special characteristics

fruiting characteristics