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Western Soapberry (Sapindus saponaria)

About Western Soapberry

Western Soapberry is a Tree. Trees are woody perennial plants, usually with a single trunk, relatively tall

Plant Names (Nomenclature)

Common Plant Name Western Soapberry
Scientific Plant Name Sapindus saponaria
Other Common Names
Other Scientific Names
Common Family Name Soapberry
Scientific Family Name Sapindaceae


Native Status Kansas Native Native Species: Native to Kansas and the United States

Growth Characteristics

Growth Habit/Form Tree Trees are woody perennial plants, usually with a single trunk, relatively tall
Life Span Woody Woody plants have woody stems that grow more than a year.
Maximum Height 20.0 feet height in feet
Maximum Spread 5.0 feet width in feet
Flower Color Green, colors of the flowers
Flowering Season July - August typical months to expect blooms
Reproduction Seed Only methods of reproduction

Growth Requirements

Sun Exposure Full Sun Full Sun: direct sun 8 or more hours of the day
Part Sun: direct sun 4 to 8 hours of the day; about half a day of sun
Shade: direct sun 0 to 4 hours of the day
Soil Moisture Drained to Dry Wet: Soil is soggy or marshy
Moist: Soil tends to stay moist and rarely dries out
Medium: Average soil moisture, little or now slope
Drained: Soil is well drained, never soggy; medium slope
Dry: Soil is dry, often typical of rocky soil; steep slope


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Western Soapberry (Sapindus saponaria)Western Soapberry (Sapindus saponaria)