Other Species: T-W

    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.