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PlantFiles: American Bladdernut
Staphylea trifolia

Family: Staphyleaceae
Genus: Staphylea (staf-FY-lee-a) (Info)
Species: trifolia (try-FOH-lee-a) (Info)

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8 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive garyon On Apr 10, 2010, garyon from Syracuse, NY wrote:

This was growing at the back of our lot when we moved in over 35 years ago. It transplants easily, and makes an attractive shrub: open and irregular when grown at the edge of a woods; compact and regular when grown in the open. Flowers, seedpods, interesting bark and leaves provide year-round interest. Spreads by underground stems and forms thickets. I have never had an insect or disease problem with it.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Morrilton, Arkansas
Deerfield, Illinois
Edinburg, Illinois
Benton, Kentucky
Cross Timbers, Missouri
Saint Louis, Missouri
Frenchtown, New Jersey
Canastota, New York
Syracuse, New York

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