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Sapindus drummondii/Western Soapberry

Sapindus drummondii / Sapindus drummondii
A large spray of spring flowers and compound leaves
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A large spray of spring flowers and compound leaves

Berries at the same time that the leaves turn yellow in the fall

Spring flower buds and foliage

Flowers and foliage

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Scientific Name: Sapindus drummondii
Common Name: Western Soapberry
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 20-30 feet
Spread: 20- 30 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Winter
Fruit color: Yellow
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants for Autumn Color
Comments: This is an excellent low branched shade tree not normally used in the Lower South but has many oustanding features. It is a relatively clean tree. Compound leaves are similar to pecan foliage but the margins are smooth rather than toothed. Autumn color is outstanding. The fruit are similar to chinaberries, but a bit more golden in color and more wrinkled.