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Staphylea trifolia

Common Name: Bladdernut
Staphylea trifolia
Staphylea trifolia

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Tracheophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Crossosomatales
Family: Staphyleaceae
Genus: Staphylea
Species: Staphylea trifolia

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

Bladdernut is a small tree to shrub with gray-green bark with white streaks.

The leaves are opposite and compound, football-shaped, and fine-toothed. They typically have 3 leaflets.

Habitat & Range

Bladdernuts are found in the eastern half of the United States and Canda. They live in moist soils and shady areas.

Life Cycle

The fruit of this tree are 1-2" wide papery hanging “bladders.”

Featured image by James Dake.


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