Sapindus drummondii
Common name: 
Western Soapberry
Pronunciation: 
sa-PIN-dus drum-MON-dee-i
Family: 
Sapindaceae
Genus: 
Synonyms: 
Sapindus saponaria var. drummondii
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Deciduous small tree to 40-50 ft (12-15 m) tall, branches at first pubescent.  Leaves alternate, pinnately compound, 25-35 cm long, 8-18 leaflets, even number, each 4-8 cm long, base asymmetrical (one side rounded the other wedge-shaped), apex acuminate, glabrous above, pubescent below.  Flowers yellow-white, 5 mm wide, in open, terminal clusters, 15-25 cm long.  Fruit to 1.5 cm, yellow, ripening to black.
  • Sun.  Soil adaptable, native to infertile, dry soils; drought tolerant.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone (5) 6      Native range from southern Missouri, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, west to New Mexico, Arizona, to northern Mexico.
  • The ITIS considers the Western Soapberry a variety of the Wingleaf Soapberry, Sapindus saponaria, hence Sapindus saponaria var. drummondii.
  • drummondii: in honor of Thomas Drummond (1790-1835), a Scottish botanist and naturalist who collected  in North America for about decade before his death in Havana in 1835.
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