Staphylea pinnata, the European bladdernut, is a species of bladdernut native to Europe and naturalized in Britain.
It is a deciduous shrub growing up to 6 m (20 ft). The species name pinnata refers to the pinnate leaves. Small, white, bell-shaped, fragrant flowers bloom from May to June, on panicles up to 13 cm (5.1 in) long. The flowers are bisexual and pollinated by flies. The fruits are inflated papery capsules, 2-3 lobed, up to 4 cm (1.6 in) long, ripening from September to November. The seeds are edible, and are said to taste like pistachios.
S. pinnata can be grown in full sun to partial shade, and tolerates a variety of soils. It is hardy in zones 6-8. It has low drought tolerance.
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