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Common Name: Soapberry

Other Names: Western Soapberry, Wingleaf Soapberry

Species Name: Sapindus drummondii

Plant Type: Woody

Family Name: Sapindaceae, Soapberry Family





Plant Facts  
Origin Native
Duration Perennial
Distribution in the U.S. Southwestern portion of the country from southwestern Missouri and southeastern Colorado south to Louisiana, Texas, northern Mexico and west to Arizona
Distribution in Oklahoma Throughout the state


ID Characteristics

  • Field Identification Characteristics


    • Gray-green twigs with pinnately compound leaves
    • Leaves long, smooth-edged, and pointed
    • When leaf is torn from branch it leaves triangular scar
    • Rough tan-gray bark


    • Branching of columns of white flowers; translucent, amber berries
  • Leaf and Stem Characteristics
    • Growth Rorm: Tree 
    • Leaf Type: Compound, 1-pinnately
    • Leaf Arrangement: Alternate 
    • Leaf Blade Edge: Entire
    • Leaf Blade Length: 13-20 centimeters (4-8 centimeters)
  • Floral Characteristics
    • Petal Number: 4 or 5
    • Flower Color: White or greenish-white
    • Flower Timing: May-July
    • Fruit Type: Berries


Soil Type Variable
Habitat Moist riparian areas and upland sites
Successional Stage Mid


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