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Western Soapberry, Wild Chinatree, Wild Chinaberry, Soapberry, Indian Soap Plant, Jaboncillo
Sapindus drummondii


Western Soapberry is an extremely adaptable native tree, equally at home in the dry canyons of West Texas as in an East Texas landscape, although it does occur in moister sites in west Texas and in drier ones in the east, and usually grows on limestone. It can form large groves of trees of one sex by spreading by rhizomes. The crown of clean pinnately compound leaves forms an upright oval. The creamy white late spring to summer flowers are attractive and are followed on female trees by panicles of small translucent yellow-orange drupes. The fall color can be a good yellow.

Plant Habit or Use: small tree medium tree

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: creamy white

Blooming Period: spring summer

Fruit Characteristics: translucent yellow clusters of drupes, , poisonous

Height: 20 to 30 ft.

Width: 10 to 20 ft.

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: very high

Water Requirements: low

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 6

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