Western soapberry ( Sapindus saponaria var. drummondii)
Western soapberry is an attractive small to medium size Texas native tree that is adaptable and tolerant of many adverse conditions such as poor soil, air pollution, alkaline soil or wind. It has glossy leaves that provide excellent yellow fall color. It produces showy white flowers in the spring, followed by lovely yellow fruit that often persists into the winter and is quite ornamental. The fruit can be used as laundry soap and is poisonous. Western soapberry does best in full sun and prefers well-draining soil.
AT A GLANCE
|Sun exposure||Full sun to part shade|
|Mature height||10-50 ft|
|Host plant||Soapberry Hairstreak butterfly|
|Notes||It can sucker and form thickets.|