Native Plant Database

Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

Bladdernut

Staphylea trifolia
Plant Type: Shrubs
Native Environment: Forest
Season of Interest:
Main Color: Green
Fall Color: Yellow
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:
Sun Exposure 
Shade
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Cover, Nesting, Butterfly / Moth Nectar
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

10 to
15
feet

Spread:

8 to
12
inches
Size
Height: 10 to
15
feet
Spread: 8 to
12
inches
Size
Height: 10 to
15
feet
Spread: 8 to
12
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Wonderful for screening or hedging in a naturalized area.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Prefers rich woodland soils, tolerant of limestone (alkaline) soil as well. Can be trained as a small tree by cutting any suckers to the ground.
Special Features
Special Usage
Dried Flower
Basic Description

An interesting and useful small understory tree for partially shaded areas. Leaves with three leaflets turn yellow in fall. Many bell-shaped greenish-white flowers are produced in spring on long nodding ‘chains’. The fruit ripens in September to curious inflated capsules that can be ‘popped’ in the hand. Forms large suckering colonies. Excellent privacy screen.

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