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American Bladdernut

Plant Leaf

Full Plant

Plant Berry/Flower

Latin Name: Staphylea trifolia

Flower Description:

Flowers are cream, bellshaped and form drooping clusters. Each flower is about .33″ long with 5 outer septals and 5 inner petals The fruit changes from green to yellow to brown and is a three-chambered bladder. Blossoms provide value to bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects. Small animals browse the foliage. Seeds are a wildlife food source.

Season BloomSpring
HabitatAmerican Bladdernut is a large, suckering shrub or small tree. It prefers moist, deep woods and grows into thickets. Good on flood plains.
Leaf DescriptionLeaves are dark green, 3-6" long, three-parted with each leaflet 4 inches long. Leaves are rounded to wedge-shaped and tapers to a short and slender tip. Leaves are opposite with serrated margins. Yellow-gold fall color.
Soil Type All Types
Light Source All Types