Bladder Nut (Staphylea pinnata)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Bladder Nut
Staphylea pinnata
Staphyleaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Seed – raw[2, 105, 177]. Said to taste like pistachios, the seeds are eaten by children in Germany[183].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

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]. Plants sometimes produce suckers, these can be removed in the dormant season and planted out.
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]. Prefers a neutral to acid soil but tolerates some alkalinity[202]. A very ornamental plant[1], it is hardy to about -20¡c[184]. The plants flower best in years that follow hot summers[200]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200].
Europe. Naturalized in Britain[17].

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