Sapindus saponaria

wingleaf soapberry

Sapindaceae

wildlife plant   wildlife plant  


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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 30-40 ft
Flower Color: flower color   flower color      white,green
Fruit Color: fruit color      brown
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Interesting foliage

Landscaping

Recommended Uses: Shade tree or specimen tree. Leaves may be evergreen in south Florida.
Considerations: Fruit is poisonous.
Propagation: Seed.
Availability: Native nurseries, Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
moisture_bar
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam
Soil pH Range: Calcareous (high pH)

Ecology

Wildlife:
wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
Flowers attract bees. Used by wildlife for cover, food.
Native Habitats: Hammocks, coastal scrub, shell mounds, along streams and on limestone uplands.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range

USDA Zones:

Map is based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:
   8A,8B,9A,9B,10A,10B,11

Other

Ethnobotany: Saponin (extracted from the fruit) is an antimicrobial detergent. The plant has been used as a cure for a variety of ailments including skin problems, migraine headaches, epilepsy, and tumors. Recent research (2011) appears to support the folk-medicine use as an antivenom (please, get to a doctor immediately if bitten by a venomous snake -- don't self medicate!) Seeds are apparently poisonous.