Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

Lisa Samuelson, Ph.D.
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University


Bladdernut
Staphylea trifolia 
Staphyleaceae

Leaves are usually trifoliately compound, opposite and deciduous.  Twigs are mottled green-brown with lenticels and lacking a central terminal bud. Bark is green-brown and streaked. Flowers are white and bell-shaped forming drooping clusters.  Fruit is a papery inflated capsule. Form is up to 9 m (30 ft) in height and it can form thickets. Bladdernut is an occasional shrub or small tree found in the eastern and central U.S.

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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