|Staphylea trifolia is an upright shrub with a tendency to sucker. The bark is smooth and striped, light green-gray with white fissures. New foliage is bright green, darkens in the summer, fall color is a pale yellow. Small greenish-white flowers are borne abundantly on 1 to 2 inch panicles in late spring. Individual flowers are pretty, bell-shaped. The fruit is 1 1/2 inch long, light brown inflated capsule, ripening in fall, from which the name bladdernut is derived. Prefers, moist well drained soil, is shade tolerant. Not bothered by pests. Suitable for large areas and naturalizing. Native from Ontario, Minnesota, down to Georgia and Missouri. Cultivated since 1640.