Medium sized ornamental tree grown for its flowers and ethnobotanical properties.
Medium sized tree to 25-50ft. White or yellow flowers form en masse during warm months, followed by multi-lobed, dry fruit.
It is cold tolerant, withstanding temperatures to around 15F.
The tree is highly drought resistant, although it flowers better with regular water. The soapbark tree is also tolerant of poor soils.
The soapbark tree has numerous uses. The tree attracts beneficial insects, including lady bugs, and its planting is often promoted for the home gardener because of this. The tree is also hugely important medicinally and industrially, as its bark contains saponin compounds, a type of soap, which has a number of medicinal properties, as well as uses in the biological research industry. The plant is not directly edible, but was used historically as an anti-inflammatory, and for anti-microbial properties.
Native to Chile.
Holly Leaf Cherry
|Prunus ilicifolia ssp. lyonii|
Catalina Island Cherry