Staphylea holocarpa 'Rosea'
- Chinese Bladdernut
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Description of plant:
A rare showy, fragrant, deciduous hardy shrub or small tree to 6m. Pale pink bell-shaped flowers, in nodding 10cm (4in) panicles appear before the bronze young leaves, followed by greenish-white bladder like fruit to 10cm (4in) long.
It is these seed capsules that give rise to the common name.
The flowers are very pretty and can be produced in large numbers on an established plant.
Ideal growing conditions and habitat:
A hardy plant that likes full sun or light, dappled shade. Moist, yet well drained, fertile soil.
Large branching shrub or very small tree once established.
Country of origin:
The seeds were collected by E.H. Wilson in 1907 in western Hupeh and Eastern Szechuan, China.
Highdown's plants came from Chenault's Nursery in France in 1925 and they bloomed at Highdown in the same year. 30 years later, Monsieur Chenault visited Highdown while these trees were in full bloom. Sir Frederick Stern particularly valued these plants in his Gardens, as they bloom before most of the cherry trees.