Common Name Western Soapberry
Latin Name Sapindus saponaria var. drummondii
Native Habitat Dry creek beds and arroyos of southwest U. S. and Mexico deserts below 6,500 feet
Soil Dry decomposed granite, sand, clay loam, limestone, low to some organic content, well drained
Water Once per month
Height X Width 40 feet X 20 feet
Protective Mechanism Berries are slightly poisonous discouraging browsing
Leaves Green, deciduous
Garden Suitability Songbird, Thornless, Butterfly, Ethnobotanical
Ornamental Value Large showy flowers in May and June, deciduous, cold marginal
Nature Value Fruits and seeds eaten by birds, attracts butterflies
Native American Uses Soap made from berries, wood used in basketry
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