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Hawaiian soapberry

Scientific name: Sapindus Saponaria

Hawaiian Name: Manele, A’e

These trees can grow to the height of 80 ft tall and have an attractive leaf spread. The Hawaiians did not use the wood for lumber very much due to it’s weak strength. Instead the Hawaiians relied on the seeds for leis and the fruit was crushed and used as a soap.

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3 thoughts on “Hawaiian soapberry

  1. Where can I find these Soapberry trees? Does anyone happen to know of any locations on the Big Island where I can find them? I am doing a research project and am working on the insects that feed from them.

    Posted by J. Chiginsky | January 25, 2013, 1:01 am

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