Staphylea trifolia

American bladdernut


Use this link to get more info about this plant from the USF Institute for Systematic Botany

Plant Specifics

Form: shrub
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 10-15 (25) ft    Width: 10-12 ft
Flower Color: flower color      white
Fruit Color: fruit color      brown
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Showy flowers, showy fruits


Recommended Uses: Moist site garden though will tolerate drier. Perhaps best used as a background shrub. Mildly showy flowers. Interesting fruits.
Propagation: Seed. Division of suckers. Softwood cuttings.
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, clay, loam
Soil pH Range: Adaptable


Native Habitats: Floodplains, moist deep woods, thickets.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

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