Wingleaf Soapberry Sapindus saponaria

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Botanical Name:

Sapindus saponaria







Common Name:

Wingleaf Soapberry

Seeds Per Pound:
5.39 lb
Average Viable Seeds/Packet:
Germination Test Type:
30-40 feet
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In Stock: 5.39 lb
Items are priced on a curve, you can buy any 'bulk quantity' up to what we have in stock, some examples are:
1 packet (~ 9 seeds)
8 oz (~ 150 seeds)
1 lb (~ 300 seeds)
1 kg (~ 661 seeds)
Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: Soak in hot tap water, let stand in water for 24 hours, repeat process on seed that did not imbibe.
Stratification: cold stratify for 90 days.
Germination: sow seed 3/4" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
Other: if hot water treatment does not allow seed to imbibe, sulfuric acid treatment is required.
In a Nutshell:
* Sapindus saponaria is a small to medium-sized deciduous tree native to the Americas. Common names include wingleaf soapberry, western soapberry, jaboncillo, and m?nele (Hawaiian). Its genus name, "Sapindus", comes from the Latin, meaning Indian soap, and its specific epithet means "soapy." more...
* It often grows in clumps or thickets reaching about 20 ft. (6.1 m) in height in the western part of its range. Solitary trees though can grow as tall as 50 ft. (15.2 m) in height. In the western part of its range it is most often found growing at the head of prairie ravines, the margins of woodlands, the edges of fields or on rocky hillsides. more...
* The fruit occur in large pyramidal clusters at the ends of branches. Each golden colored fruit is between 1.2 in. to 1.4 in. (3 cm to 3.6 cm) in diameter and becomes translucent and wrinkled when fully mature and contains a single black seed about .35 in (9 mm) in diameter. more...
* The US national champion Sapindus saponaria var. saponaria is located in Hawaii County, Hawaii and measures 73 ft. (22.25 m) tall, 57 ft. (1.74 m) wide with a trunk diameter at 4 1/2 ft. (1.4 m) of 2 1/2 ft. (76 cm) in circumference. more...
* A soap is obtained from the fruit by rubbing the fruit in water. Used in Mexico for washing clothes. The fruit can be dried and stored for later use. more...
* Wood - heavy, strong, close-grained, splits easily. It splits easily into thin strips and is often used in basket making. more...
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