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Sapindus Mukorossi, Ritha - Plant

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It contains the saponin, which has natural cleansing properties, and therefore the soapnut can be used as a cleanser for hair, skin, and clothing.
Plant height : 2 feet (+/- 20%)
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Description for Sapindus Mukorossi, Ritha

It is a deciduous tree, growing to 25 m tall. Reetha leaves are long-stalked odd-pinnate. The flowers are small and greenish white, polygamous and mostly bisexual in panicles at the end of branches.

Common name Flower colours Bloom time Height Difficulty
Reetha, Chinese Soapberry, North Indian soapnut, Washing nuts, Phenil Greenish white May to August 20 m Easy to grow

Planting and care

Easily grown in dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Tolerates high pH soils. Also, tolerates sandy or rocky soils. Self-seeds in optimum growing conditions. Plant bulbs in autumn.

Sunlight Soil Water Temperature Fertilizer
Full sun to part shade Well-drained loam soil Dry to medium 20C to 30C Apply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Sapindus Mukorossi

  • Select an area with dappled sunlight or partial shade.
  • Keep the soil of the soapberry moist, but not waterlogged.
  • Allow the soil to dry between waterings.
  • Choose a spot with full sun exposure for a mature plant.
  • Apply a balanced, general-use fertilizer according to the need.


The fruit ripens by November to December.

Typical uses of Sapindus Mukorossi

Special features: Lawn specimen, small shade tree, patio tree or screen where winter hardy.

Culinary use: NA

Ornamental use: The plant is used for an ornamental purpose.

Medicinal use: Treating migrane headaches, or for dermatological purposes such as using the seeds to remove skin impurities like pimples or eczema.


  • http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/
  • http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl1.1/record/tro-28601620
  • http://www.sapindusmukorossi.com/
  • http://homeguides.sfgate.com/grow-chinese-soapberry-tree-23127.html

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