Pink Chinese Bladdernut Staphylea holocarpa var. rosea

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
rose-coloured Chinese bladdernut


Commonly known as the pink flowering bladdernut, this plant is renowned for its attractive features, most notably its blossoms. During the blooming period, it is adorned with clusters of charming pink flowers. These floral arrangements hang elegantly from the branches, creating a delicate and somewhat showy display. The foliage of this plant is also visually striking, composed of compound leaves which are divided into smaller leaflets, imparting a lush, feathered texture to the overall greenery. Once the flowering phase concludes, the plant produces curious fruit that are encased in bladder-like husks, lending it its common name. The fruit adds an additional layer of visual interest, as the husks inflate and take on a papery texture. The overall aesthetic of the pink flowering bladdernut is marked by these unique elements coming together to create a pleasing and ornamental appearance that is appreciated in various garden settings.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Pink Chinese Bladdernut, Rosea Chinese Bladdernut

    • Common names

      Staphylea holocarpa var. rosea.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      As of my knowledge cutoff date in early 2023, Staphylea holocarpa var. rosea, commonly known as the pink bladdernut, is not widely reported to be toxic to humans. However, it is always prudent to be cautious as individual plants can contain compounds that might not be well-documented, and individual responses can vary. If ingested, plants that are not commonly used as food could potentially cause stomach upset or other digestive issues. In general, it's advisable to avoid ingesting parts of ornamental plants unless they are known to be edible.

    • To pets

      The pink bladdernut is not widely recognized as a toxic plant for pets such as dogs and cats. However, the same precautions that apply to humans should be considered for pets. Pets may have different sensitivities to plants and can react to substances that are harmless to humans. It's a good practice to prevent pets from ingesting this or any unknown plants, as they could potentially cause gastrointestinal upset or an allergic reaction if the animal is sensitive to specific plant compounds. If you suspect your pet has ingested parts of the pink bladdernut and is showing symptoms of illness, it is best to consult with a veterinarian.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      6-8 feet (1.8-2.4 meters)

    • Spread

      6-8 feet (1.8-2.4 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental value: The Chinese Bladder Nut is prized for its beautiful pink flowers that add visual interest and aesthetic appeal to garden landscapes.
    • Habitat for wildlife: It can provide food and shelter for various species of birds and insects, aiding in local biodiversity.
    • Shade provider: With its broad canopy, this plant can offer shade in gardens and parks, making it valuable for sunny locations.
    • Windbreak: Can be used in a garden or landscape setting as a windbreak to protect more vulnerable plants.
    • Erosion control: Helps in stabilizing soil and preventing erosion on slopes due to its root structure.
    • Drought resistance: Once established, it can be relatively drought-tolerant, requiring minimal watering under normal weather conditions.
    • Low maintenance: Generally requires minimal care once established, being resistant to most pests and diseases.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Bladder Nut (Staphylea holocarpa var. rosea) can be used in landscaping as a small ornamental tree or large shrub, valued for its pink flowers and decorative seed pods.
    • The wood from Bladder Nut is fine-grained and can be carved into small decorative objects or used in inlay work.
    • The seeds of Bladder Nut, once dried, can be used as beads for crafting jewelry or making rosaries.
    • Dried seed pods can become a component of dried flower arrangements or decorative displays due to their unique, bladder-like appearance.
    • The plant can be used in ecological gardens to support biodiversity as it provides habitat and food for pollinators such as bees and butterflies.
    • Bladder Nut's strong root system can help in stabilizing slopes and preventing soil erosion in landscape designs.
    • In historical gardening, it might be used to recreate period-specific garden designs due to its heritage and historical uses.
    • The branches and twigs can be utilized in wreath making or as a green filler in floral arrangements.
    • If grown in large quantities, the leaves of Bladder Nut can be used as a natural mulch to improve soil quality and suppress weeds.
    • The hollow seed pods can be used as a natural container for small seeds or as part of artistic installations.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Staphylea holocarpa var. rosea, commonly known as the Chinese Bladdernut, is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Chinese Bladdernut is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Resilience: The hardy nature of the Staphylea holocarpa var. rosea, commonly known as the Bladdernut, symbolizes the ability to thrive in challenging conditions.
    • Rare Beauty: As it is not as commonly known as some other plants, the Bladdernut's delicate flowers can represent unique and rare beauty.
    • Protection: The seed pods resemble bladders and were believed to protect against evil spirits, symbolizing shelter and safety.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring to Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Pink Chinese Bladdernut should be watered deeply and then allowed to dry out to some extent between waterings. In general, you might aim for about 1.5 gallons per week for a mature shrub under normal conditions. However, during hot or dry spells, the frequency may need to increase to twice a week. Always check the soil moisture first – it should be moist but not saturated. For newly planted ones, consistent moisture is vital, watering approximately a gallon every few days for the first few months to ensure proper establishment. Ensure the water is applied at the base and avoid wetting the foliage to minimize the risk of disease.

  • sunLight

    The Pink Chinese Bladdernut thrives best in full sun to partial shade. It is ideal to plant it in a location where it can receive at least four hours of direct sunlight a day. However, in areas with intensely hot summers, providing afternoon shade will help protect the plant from scorching.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The Pink Chinese Bladdernut is hardy and can tolerate a wide temperature range. It can withstand a minimum winter temperature of about -10°F and is comfortable up to the high 90's°F during the summer months. The ideal temperature for promoting healthy growth is between 60°F and 75°F.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning the Pink Chinese Bladdernut is necessary to maintain a desirable shape and size, and to remove any damaged or diseased wood. The best time to prune is in late winter or early spring before new growth starts. Light pruning can be done annually, but a more thorough prune should be done every few years to rejuvenate the plant.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for the Chinese Bladdernut (Staphylea holocarpa var. rosea) is well-draining loamy soil with added organic matter to improve fertility. A pH range of 6.0 to 7.5 is generally suitable for this plant.

  • plantRepotting

    Chinese Bladdernut plants do not need frequent repotting and can be repotted every 3-4 years or when they outgrow their current container.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Chinese Bladdernut thrives in moderate to high humidity levels, ideally between 40-60%.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Use well-draining soil, bright indirect light, moderate watering.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in well-drained soil, partial shade to sun, shelter from wind.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Staphylea holocarpa var. rosea, commonly known as Pink Chinese Bladdernut, begins its life cycle with seed germination, which requires a period of cold stratification to break dormancy. Upon sprouting, the seedling develops into a young plant with a main stem and a few leaves; this stage is characterized by rapid vegetative growth. As the plant matures, it develops a multi-stemmed form and the characteristic compound leaves, along with clusters of bell-shaped pink flowers that bloom in the spring. After pollination, often by insects, the flowers develop into greenish capsules that resemble bladders, which is the hallmark of the Staphylea genus. These capsules mature by late summer or fall, turning brown and eventually releasing seeds to complete the cycle. The plant also spreads through suckering, forming colonies and expanding its presence in the landscape.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Summer

    • The most popular way to propagate Staphylea holocarpa var. rosea, commonly known as the Pink Chinese Bladdernut, is by seed. Start by collecting seed capsules in the fall once they have dried on the plant. The seeds within the capsules should be sown immediately as their viability decreases with storage. Before sowing, a period of cold stratification is beneficial to mimic natural winter conditions and break seed dormancy. This can be done by mixing the seeds with moist sand and storing them in a refrigerator at approximately 34 to 41 degrees Fahrenheit (1 to 5 degrees Celsius) for about 1 to 3 months. After this stratification period, the seeds can be sown in a well-draining seed starting mix, covering them with about a half inch (1.27 centimeters) of soil. They will need consistent moisture and warmth to germinate, which can take several weeks to a few months.