Western Soapberry

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Sapindus saponaria var. drummondii

  • Landscape Size: 20 to 25’ feet tall and 10 to 20’ feet wide
  • Sun: Full sun
  • Uses: Small- medium Shade Tree, Waterwise, Specimen Tree
  • Heat Tolerance: Very High
  • Water: Low water.
  • Growth: 18”-24”
  • Zone 6-10.

Extremely adaptable native tree Rarely affected by disease or insect pests Ideal specimen tree for your yard or landscape

Mature fruits are translucent, amber colored, and contain a black seed. The mature fruit without the seed will produce a good lather with water and has been used as a soap substitute.
However, fruit and seed are poisonous if ingested. Grows well on the alkaline soils of New Mexico and is very tolerant of heat and drought once established.
Western Soapberry trees produce flowers in large, cream colored clusters from late May into early July.

Soapberry Trees (Sapindus drummondii) grow 1′-2′ annually reaching 25′-30′ tall and wide or greater. They produce flowers in large, cream colored clusters in spring. Mature fruits are translucent, amber colored, and contain a large seed. Fruits persist on the tree through winter. Fruits contain the alkaloid saponin and have been used as a soap substitute for washing clothes. Yellow fall color. Low to regular water. Hardy to USDA Zone 6.