The trees at Keele

We have over 150 species of tree on campus, not counting the 240 species and varieties of Flowering Cherry! Amongst them are many of our common native species as well as some more unusual ones. So, if you can't tell a Beech from a Birch or just want to know a bit more about them then read on!

Bladdernut Staphylea pinnata

Bladdernut leaf and fruit

As a native to parts of SE Europe and western Asia, it grows as a large shrub or small tree to 5m. It is popular in cultivation for its panicles of fragrant, white flowers with light pink stripes. They are followed by fruit hidden in inflated capsules. The hard, spherical seeds have been used for making necklaces and even beads.

The leaves are pinnate, composed of 5-7 individual leaflets of mid-green colour with slightly blue-grey underneath 5-12cm long and 2-5cm wide.

Location: One specimen in the Special Collection below the Walled Garden; compartment 24; square K10.