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Tamarisk or Salt-cedar

Tamarix ramosissima

Tamaricaceae - Tamarisk

Description

Leaves: Alternate; simple; scaly; very small; deciduous; blue-green; no petiole.

Twigs/buds: Twigs slender, spreading, and drooping.  Buds small, round.

Flowers/fruit: Flowers perfect; 5 petals; very small; pink; arranged in large, drooping inflorescences at branch ends; open in May.  Fruit a small capsule.

Bark: Gray; smooth.

Wood: No information available.

General: Native to China.  Much planted in the past in the western U.S., including Utah, for conservation reasons, but has become a naturalized weed along streams in dry areas where it out-competes most native plants.  Very salt and drought tolerant.  Shade intolerant.

Landscape Use: This shrubby tree is a pest and should no longer be planted.  Other species may also have been planted and are occasionally available in nurseries, including Tamarix parviflora.  Hardiness ranges from zones 7-10 to zones 2-7, depending on species.

Comments & Limitations:  Should not be planted because of weediness.

Cultivars: 'Cheyenne Red', 'Pink Cascade', 'Rosea', 'Rubra', 'Summer Glow'.

Characteristics

General

Family:
Tamaricaceae - Tamarisk
Cultivar Availability:
No
Hardiness Zone:
5-8
Type:
Broadleaf
Utah Native:
No

Growth

Growth Rate:
Medium
Mature Height:
Low
Longevity:
Medium
Is Good Under Power Lines:
Yes
Crown Shape:
Shrubby

Ornamental

Bark:
No
Fall Color:
Yes
Flowers:
Yes
Foliage:
No
Fruit:
No

Tolerence

Shade:
Low
Salt:
High
Drought:
High
Poor Drainage:
High
Alkalinity:
High
Transplanting:
Medium