Soapberry, Western Sapindus drummondii
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Hardiness Zones 6 - 9The Western Soapberry can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. View Map
Type of treeOrnamental Trees, Shade Trees
Mature HeightThe Western Soapberry grows to be 25' - 30' feet in height.
Mature SpreadThe Western Soapberry has a spread of about 25' - 40' at full maturity.
SunThis soapberry does well in full sun, partial shade.
SoilThe Western Soapberry grows in acidic, alkaline, drought tolerant, loamy, moist, sandy, well drained, wide range, clay soils.
ShapeThis soapberry has rounded, vase shape.
This is a great for urban sites because it tolerates wind, drought, and dry compacted soils. The Soapberry is common in bottomland forests in Oklahoma.
A North American native, Western Soapberry grows in full sun or partial shade on a wide variety of soils. The crown is much denser in full-day sun. Western Soapberry is particularly well-suited to urban conditions, tolerating wind, drought, and infertile soils with ease. Transplants easily and establishes with only minimal irrigation. The close-grained, strong wood makes this tree very resistant to wind damage and adaptable to urban landscapes.
The Soapberry is a favorite of butterflies in early summer.
The Soapberry is also called the Chinaberry, Indian Soap Plant, Jaboncillo, or Cherrion. The fruit of the Soapberry gives off a lather when mixed with water and Native Americans used these as a soap substitute. It is native from Missouri to Northern Mexico.
The Western Soapberry tolerates drought conditions, but prefers irrigation or regular watering when young.
The leaves of this tree are medium-green in the summer and turn an attractive yellow in the fall.
The blooms may be either white or yellow.
The Western Soapberry blooms in May and June.
The fruit of the Western Soapberry resembles a cherry and is 1/2" in diameter and is yellow-orange.
Rate of growth refers to the vertical increase in growth unless specified differently. Rate, as is true for size, is influenced by numerous variables such as soil, drainage, water, fertility, light, exposure, ad infinitum. The designation slow means the plant grows 12” or less per year; medium refers to 13 to 24” of growth per year; and fast to 25” or greater.Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, by Michael Dirr.