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American Bladdernut
Staphylea trifolia

Bladdernut is a native shrub with rough, gray bark and dropping, bell-shaped flowers that give way to green seed pods that turn light brown in fall. Its flowers are a favorite of many types of bees and flies.

USDA symbol: STTR

General Information

Plant TypeShrub
Height8 to 15 feet
Light ExposurePart Sun
Soil MoistureDry, Medium, Wet
Bloom ColorWhite, Yellow
American Bladdernut (American Bladdernut<div><em class="small">Staphylea trifolia</em></div>)
Photo credit: Minnesota Wildflowers (Click to enlarge)


Flooding / Inundation ToleranceModerate
General Resilience5
Salt ToleranceNone
Stress ToleranceDrought Tolerant

Pollinator Value: Very High

Bloom MonthsApril to June
Pollinator BenefitInsect Pollinated, Provides Nectar

Project Planning

Project TypeErosion Control, Restoration
Coefficient of Conservatism7
Herbivore SensitivityLow
Rate of SpreadSlow
Soil StabilizationShallow
Vegetative ReproductionClonal


CountyAnoka, Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Chisago, Cottonwood, Dakota, Faribault, Fillmore, Goodhue, Hennepin, Houston, Kandiyohi, Martin, Meeker, Mower, Nicollet, Olmsted, Ramsey, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Sherburne, Sibley, Stearns, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, Washington, Winona, Wright
EcoregionDriftless Area, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Lakes and Forests, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland