Western Soapberry



Western Soapberry

Soapweed Family : Sapindaceae

Latin Name : Sapindus drummondii
(synonym: Sapindus saponaria)
Longevity : Perennial
Season : Warm
Origin : Native
Value :
Wildlife – good
Livestock – good


Other common names, “Wild chinaberry”. Growth form is a deciduous tree attaining heights up to 50 feet, with a diameter of 1 to 2 ft. The branches are usually erect forming a rounded crown. The white flowers bloom May to June, fruit ripens from September to October. The fruit is round, shriveled and can be white, yellowish, or blackish in color. The fruit is not edible due to a poisonous substance called saponin, which produces a good lather in water. The seeds are used in Mexico as a laundry soap, thus the name, “Soapberry”. Adapted to sandy moist soils along streams and road sides.


Additional information

Weight1 lbs