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Soapberry Fruits for Natural Soap Florida Soapberry 20 Fruit Hulls

Soapberry Fruits for Natural Soap Florida Soapberry 20 Fruit Hulls

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The fruits of the Soapberry Tree can be used for crafts, floral arranging and decoration. The fruits are about 1 inch wide. They can be mashed in water to produce a saponin-rich soapy lather which can be used as a soap. The soap is a good alternative to synthetic soaps and detergents. The fruits are from the rare Florida Soapberry Tree, Sapindus marginatus, which is native to the southeastern United States.

Sapindus marginatus, commonly called the Florida Soapberry, is a small to medium-sized evergreen tree with an open-rounded crown. It is native to Florida and Georgia and it grows in woodlands and forests, often among live oaks and other hardwoods. It typically grows to 20-40' (infrequently to 80’) tall. It is noted for its (a) often glossy, pinnately-compound, medium green leaves (to 8-13” long) with 7-15 untoothed, lanceolate leaflets (each to 2-4” long), (b) creamy-white to yellowish-white flowers (1/8” wide) which bloom in late spring (May-June) in large open panicles to 10-12" long, (c) panicles of usually one-seeded, grape-like fruits (ornamentally attractive but toxic if ingested) which ripen in fall (September-October) to yellow-brown to orange-brown sometimes further aging to near black, (d) yellow fall foliage color, and (e) fissured gray bark divided into scaly plates. Although toxic and inedible, the fruits can be mashed in water to produce a saponin-rich soapy lather which can be used as a soap, as suggested by the common name of soapberry. It is a rare and collectable plant.

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