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botanical name:
Staphylea pinnata
Staphylea pinnata © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  European Bladder Nut
family:  Staphyleaceae
characteristics: shrub
height: 4.50m
width: 4.50m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: green
flower colour: white
fruit colour: white
stem/bark: brown
main season: Spring
edible symbol edible
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-acid
minimum temp: -20°C
USDA zone: 6 to 9
description:
Strong growing shrub with oposite pinnate green leaves with 3 to 7 ovate-oblong leaflets. Drooping panicles of small, bell-shaped, slightly pink-flushed, white flowers in late spring, followed by the curious, bladder-like, two or three celled, greenish-white fruit.

cultivation:
Any moist, well drained soil in full sun or part shade. Prefers neutral to acid soils but tolerant of a wide range of conditions.

propagation:
From seed sown in autumn, by greenwood cuttings in early summer, semi-ripe cuttings in midsummer or layering.

usage:
The seeds are edible.

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