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European Bladdernut

Pot, 12-18" EUBL_12-18" $8.20
Pot, 18-24" EUBL_18-24 $12.20
3 Plants in Pots 12-18", EUBL_3_12-18 $18.20

The bladdernuts are a long forgotten food used at one time for their kernels which are considered more of a nut than fruit. The hard round seeds are contained within a bladder like seed case that hangs up in the tree for most of winter. The hard seeds were used as rosaries many centuries ago. Today the bladdernut is rarely planted to any extent, but much research has been done on its health properties found within its nutrient rich and bioactive compounds found within the  seeds.  The seeds are high in fat with over 45 percent linolenic acid and quite high in vitamin E.  The green kernels when formed are very high in phytonutrients as well. Kind of like an almond meets a pistachio in composition.

Although the plant itself is not cultivated to any extent, Oikos Tree Crops began growing several species of it and found one strain of the European selection very high in yields with branches hanging with nuts. As a result we started propagating it just in the case of someone cultivating for its nutritional benefits on a larger scale. The other species we tried were lower yielding at our farm or did not survive long. That was 30 years ago. No we have a two species left and this one form is amazingly productive with its pods which tends to be somewhat biennial in nature for yields. 

European bladdernut is shade tolerant and is heavy producing in a wide variety of locations. The plants reach up to 9-15 ft. tall and tend to form multiple trunks and a few suckers. The beautiful tubular type flowers come out in late May followed by the green many valve fruit. The pods contain several seeds per casing and pop out when you squeeze them.

This is an easy plant to grow and worth growing as an ornamental small tree even if you do not find your self in the bladdernut business or making rosaries. 

Plant Specs
Genus & Species Staphylea pinnata