Staphylea trifolia

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American Bladdernut


Plant Specifics

Size:10-15 (25) ft tall by 10-12 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Brown
Noted for:Showy flowers, Showy fruits


Recommended Uses:Moist site garden though will tolerate drier. Perhaps best used as a background shrub or a hedge. Mildly showy flowers. Interesting fruits.
Propagation:Seed. Division of suckers. Softwood cuttings. Naturally dispersed by water.
Light: Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH:Adaptable



Attracts bees.

Native Habitats:Floodplains, moist deep woods, thickets.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:This plant is listed as Endangered in Florida where the southern limit of its range barely makes it into the state.