Sapindus marginatus

Florida Soapberry

  • Sapindus marginatus

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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours, repeat process daily for 7 days
Stratification: cold stratify for 90 days
Germination: sow seed 3/4" deep, tamp the soil, keep moist, mulch the seed bed, can be sown outdoors in the fall for spring germination

Other: if water treatment does not allow seed to imbibe, sulfuric acid treatment is required 

Introducing the Sapindus marginatus Florida Soapberry, a unique evergreen tree native to the coastal areas from South Carolina to Florida. The tree features stunning compound leaves with leaflets up to 6 inches and small pendulous clusters of flowers up to 8 inches. Most notably, the fruit of this tree can be used to make soap by simply rubbing it in water. This method has been used in Mexico for washing clothes for generations. The fruit can also be dried and stored for later use. Furthermore, the wood of this tree is heavy, strong, and close-grained, making it perfect for basket making as it splits easily into thin strips. If you are looking for both function and beauty, the Sapindus marginatus Florida Soapberry is a must-have in your garden.

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