Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


  • Product Info

    American Bladdernut (Staphylea trifolia)
    Bladdernut Family

    American Bladdernut is a fast growing, medium size shrub that works well in rain gardens, rich shady woods, and naturalized areas. Drooping clusters of white, sometimes pink tinted, flowers bloom in late spring and are replaced with unique, highly attractive seed capsules. Capsules are 2-3” and have an inflated, lantern-like structure. They start off green with pink tinges, and turn a medium brown when ripe.Seed capsules often remain on the shrub through winter. This shrub will perform best in consistently moist soils in 4-6 hours of sun, but can adapt to average soil and more or less sun as well. Plants tend to be less dense in deeper shade. Will sucker over time, but can be pruned if desired.

    Blooms: Green/White, 2-3 weeks, Apr-May
    Leaves: Trifoliate leaves are large and generally attractive
    Space: 5-6’
    Soil: Average-Moist
    Exposure: Part sun-Part shade
    Fauna: Many types of bees and flies
    Seeds: Very attractive inflated lantern-like, papery seed pods are yellowish pink–very and contain 3 hard brown seeds
    Deer Resistance: Moderate
    Zone: 3-8
    Native Status:  NC native, common in the Piedmont, uncommon in the Mountains and Coastal Plain
    Provenance: North Carolina ecotype, seed grown