WESTERN SOAPBERRY Jaboncillo
Sapindus drummondii - Sapindaceae, Soapberry Family
Medium-sized, broad-leafed tree with rounded crown.
Height: 10-50 feet.
Flowers: White, long-lasting; April-May.
Fruit: Amber, round, fleshy berry with a large brown seed.
Foliage: Deciduous; yellow-green leaves
turning yellow in autumn.
Bark: Rough, grayish or tan, flaking.
Growth rate: Moderately fast.
Sun: Partial shade to full sun.
Drainage: Well-drained soil.
Water.- Low; drought tolerant.
Maintenance. Relatively free of disease and
Propagation: Scarified, stratified seed.
Wooded area near river or resaca.
Fruit eaten by birds-, cover, nest sites.
Poisonous fruit; fruit used as shampoo and detergent; used to suppress fevers and treat kidney disorders; seeds used
for rosaries, necklaces, buttons; fruit used (like rotenone) to stun fish. Excellent as shade tree;
numerous in street-side plantings in every city from Rio Grande City to Uvalde; wood
yellow; provides best fall color change in Valley.