Soapbark Tree

Quillaja saponaria

Quillaja saponaria (Soapbark Tree) - full view

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Quillaja saponaria (Soapbark Tree) - full view

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Quillaja saponaria (Soapbark Tree) - leaves

Foliage detail

  • Size:

    Height: 30-45'; Spread: 15-22.5"

  • Growth:

    Slow to moderate

  • Character:

    Evergreen; columnar to arching canopy.

  • Foliage:

    Dark green, waxy, 1.5-2" leaves with slight undulation.

  • Flower:

    Insignificant yellow-green flowers in 1" clusters

  • Fruit:

    Woody, tan, pin-wheel shaped seed pods.

  • Bark:

    Smooth with with faint cracks, gray to brown.

  • Watering:

    In general, 15-20 gallons per week for the first 2 years; 15-20 gallons twice a month for the 3rd year; as needed after 3 years (varies by soil, sun, and wind conditions).

  • Tree Care:

    Moderate. Early pruning needed to train a good shape; pruning needed less frequently with age.

  • Tolerance:

    Drought (once established), any soil, medium winds.

  • Special Considerations:

    Seeds cause litter.

  • Notable Traits:

    Native to Chile. Grows moderately at first, but slows down with age.