Staphylea trifolia American Bladdernut
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Habitat Bloom Period Color Height feet Moisture Plant Spacing Lifespan
 shade, partial sun blooms-
April May
seed pods 
Aug - Nov
white 25 feet  average to moist 3 to 10 feet small tree

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Staphylea trifoliata
American Bladdernut

number of seeds

approximate coverage
in square feet

1 packet -  out of seeds until late Fall


1 ounce -   -


1 pound -      ----


Staphylea = from a Greek phrase meaning "cluster of grapes
       trifolia = refers to the three leaflets.

    Staphylea trifoliata or American Bladdernut grows as a shrub or small tree in rich wooded valleys and north or east facing wooded slopes preferring areas of limestone or dolomite and is often found growing along streams.  Native American Bladdernut trees have drooping clusters of small white to cream flowers in the spring but is grown more for its interesting clusters of bladder-like 2 inch long seed capsules that rattle in the wind.  American Bladdernut foliage remains green late into Autumn eventually turning a yellowish-green.  This shrub with its clusters of white flowers in spring, dark green leaves, and interesting pods makes an attractive border planting in partial shade.  
Staphylea trifolia is used in native plant gardens, naturalized areas, shade gardens and woodland areas

    Staphylea trifolia is a deciduous shrub in the family Staphyleaceae (Bladdernut family) and native to the Midwest and Eastern US.  American Bladdernut trees bloom in April and May and grow 10 to 15 feet tall and 10 to 20 feet wide.  Bladdernut trees grow in partial to full shade in dry to medium soil and tolerates a wide range of soil conditions.
     Staphylea trifolia American Bladdernut has showy flowers in spring and showy fruit in the fall. 
American bladdernut is a native fast-growing, suckering, shrub or small tree that commonly occurs in woodland thickets, bottomlands, and moist soils along streams throughout Midwest and Eastern US.  Bladdernut in the wild establishes dense colonies often growing in a shrubby form 10-15' tall (less frequently to 25'). Compound, trifoliate (three parted), dark green leaves (each ovate leaflet to 4" long). Bladdernut trees have white, bell-shaped flowers in drooping clusters in spring. Flowers give way to inflated, bladder-like, egg-shaped, papery seed capsules (1-2" long) which mature in late summer and often persist into early winter. The showy seed capsules add interest to dried flower arrangements.

Plant seeds outside in fall/early winter for germination the following spring. Seeds apparently have a double dormancy. Three months warm moist followed by three months at 40 degrees. 

Native American Bladdernut grows wild from Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma, north to Quebec and west to Ontario and Minnesota.  The map below shows areas where this tree grows wild but it can be planted and will grow over a wider area than shown.  USDA plant hardiness zones 3 to 9.

Staphylea trifoliata
American Bladdernut


New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York

North Carolina
South Carolina
West Virginia

State Distributional Map for STTR

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subtotal for flower seeds 

shipping charge for seeds

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 $6.00 shipping

$50.01-$100.00    =  

 $7.50 shipping

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Staphylea trifoliata American Bladdernut Plant distribution map complements of USDA, NRCS. 2001. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.1   ( National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.