saltcedar Tamaricaceae Tamarix chinensis
Leaf:Alternate, very small (1/16 inch), scale-like, gray-green.
Flower:Small (1/8 inch), pink, 5 petals, numerous, occurring at tips of twigs in long narrow clusters each 1 to 2 inches long, very attractive and utilized by honey bees, appearing in late spring and summer.
Fruit:Small, dry, brown, pointed capsules 1/8 inch long containing numerous cottony seeds, ripen in summer.
Twig:Slender, drooping, green branches covered in scale-like foliage, later turning purplish.
Bark:Smooth, reddish brown, numerous lenticels, later developing shallow splits.
Form:Small tree to large shrub up to 20 feet tall, round crown with drooping twigs.