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Staphylea trifolia - L.
                 
Common Name American Bladder Nut
Family Staphyleaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Rich moist thickets along streams and the borders of woods[43, 229].
Range Eastern N. America - Quebec to Georgia, west to Kansas and Nebraska.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Staphylea trifolia American Bladder Nut


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Staphylea trifolia American Bladder Nut
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Physical Characteristics
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Staphylea trifolia is a deciduous Shrub growing to 4 m (13ft 1in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5. It is in flower from May to June, and the seeds ripen from Sep to November. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Oil;  Seed.
Edible Uses: Oil.

Seed - raw or cooked[161, 177]. They are eaten like pistachios[2]. The seed can be used in place of walnuts (Juglans spp) in making chocolate-chip cookies[183]. A sweet edible oil is obtained from the seed[2]. It is used for cooking purposes[183].
Medicinal Uses


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Skin.

An infusion of the powdered bark has been used as a wash for sore faces[257].
Other Uses
Oil;  Soil stabilization.

Plants have dense underground root systems and are of some value in erosion control[229].
Cultivation details
Tolerant of a wide range of soils so long as they are not too dry[11, 182, 200], it prefers a rich loamy soil in full sun or semi-shade[200]. A fast-growing but short-lived tree in the wild[229]. The plants flower best in years that follow hot summers[200]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200].
Propagation
Seed - this can be very slow to germinate, sometimes taking 18 months or more. It is best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame[200], and some of it at least should then germinate in the spring. Stored seed should be sown as early in the year as possible and given cold stratification - it might not germinate until spring of the following year. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in light shade in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out early the following summer. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 8cm with a heel, July/August in a frame. Fair to good percentage[78]. Layering in July/August. Takes 15 months. Good percentage[78].

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
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Elizabeth H.
Jay Cutts Fri Mar 21 05:21:36 2003
According to Taylors Encyclopedia of Gardening this plant is hardy to Zone 2! It can't be a zone 5 plant if it grows in Quebec and Nebraska.
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