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Soap tree

Gymnocladus spp.

Also known as


Gymnocladus dioicus by Bruce Marlin (CC BY 3.0)

Full Sun
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size





  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Soap tree Overview

Contains around 5 hardy, deciduous trees originating from woodland habitats in Eastern Asia and North America. They are typically grown for their attractive foliage, which is big, divided pinnately and arranged alternately on stems. Flowers are small, with straight petals, coloured white or green-yellow and produced on branched stems called panicles.

How to propagate Soap tree


Seed in autumn.

Other uses of Soap tree

Grown for their foliage. Suitable for coastal conditions.


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