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Staphylea trifolia

Bladdernut, American Bladdernut

Scientific Name:

Staphylea trifolia

Genus:

Staphylea

Species Epithet:

trifolia

Common Name:

Bladdernut, American Bladdernut

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Staphyleaceae (Bladdernut Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

6-12 ft., 12-36 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Green

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

April, May

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Nutrient-rich bottomland forests, extending upslope over calcareous or mafic rocks. Fairly common in central NC Piedmont, and locallly common near the Roanoke and Cape Fear rivers in the Coastal Plain but absent in most other parts of the Coastal Plain. Uncommon in the w. Piedmont and very rare in the NC Mountains.

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Compound

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S4: Apparently secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Unusual 3-lobed seed pods, initially yellow and fading to brown.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/plant_list.php

https://nc.audubon.org/conservation/bird-friendly-communities/bird-friendly-native-plants

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/staphylea-trifolia/

https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/staphylea/trifolia/



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