Staphylea colchica

Staphylea colchica
Staphylea colchica 
Colchis bladdernut
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
 small tree
USUAL HEIGHT 2-3.5m
USUAL WIDTH 2-3m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS white
BLOOMING TIME April - May
LOCATION full sun
SOIL TYPE any (acidic to alkaline)
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS evenly moist (dislikes drought)
USDA zone (lowest) 5b   (down to -27°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
Rarities
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This bladdernut species comes from Colchis - nowadays Georgia in Caucasus, and represents one of the oldest melliferous plants of the region. There are records saying that it was also grown in large pots so it could be moved to greenhouses in winter and forced to earlier production of flowers.

Bladdernut is cultivated mainly for its highly decorative and strongly fragrant flowers in mid spring. They are small, white, with narrow, tousled petals, sweetly scented, composed in pendent, up to 12 cm long racemes that resemble fringe tree inflorescence. They are followed by small, hard-shell capsules in autumn. Leaves are deciduous, compound mostly of 5 (seldom 3), fresh green, narrowly ovate leaflets with pointed tips, turning yellow in autumn.

It grows moderately into a small tree or medium tall, upright shrub when young, spreading to about 3m in maturity. It is soil adaptable, provided it is well-drained. It does best in moist soil, full sun or part shade. Pruning is usually not needed but can be done after flowering - flowers appear on previous year's wood. Fully hardy to min. -25°C (USDA zone 5b) but is expected to withstand a few degrees lower.

Last update 22-04-2019
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Staphylea colchica height 80-100 cm
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Staphylea colchica height 200-225 cm, width 30-40 cm
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  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
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  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
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  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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