Other Species: T-W
Tamarisk or Salt-cedar (Tamarix ramosissima)
Family: Tamaricaceae or Tamarisk
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 and Limitations:
- Should not be planted because of weediness.