Bladdernut

Botanical Name: Staphlya trifolia

Height: Small tree to about 5 m.

Season of bloom: Small white bells in clusters in spring, just as leaves are unfolding.

Growing Conditions: Part shade; moist, sweet soil.

Wildlife benefits: Early flowers are visited by many species of native bees.

From Ottawa Valley or eastern Ontario sources:

Remarks: This graceful little tree has modest, multi-season charms. The inflated seed pods stay on the tree after the leaves fall. The bark on younger stems is attractively striped. When grown in sun, the leaves turn an attractive orange in the fall.

Similar species: Hop-tree

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