tamarisk Tamaricaceae Tamarix
gallica L. symbol: TAGA
Leaf: Alternate, very small, 1/16 inch and scale-like, pale green.
Flower: Small, lavender pink, numerous and occurring all along the twig, very attractive, appearing in early spring.
Fruit: Small, dry capsules containing small cottony seeds, ripen in late spring.
Twig: Slender, drooping branches covered in scale-like foliage.
Bark: Initially smooth with numerous elongated lenticels, later developing shallow splits.
Form: Shrub or small tree up to 30 feet tall, branches arching.
Looks like: athel tamarisk - saltcedar - smallflower tamarisk - Australian pine
Additional Range Information: Tamarix gallica is planted in the USDA hardiness zones shown above and may seed into the landscape. See states reporting tamarisk.
More Information: Fall Color
External Links: USDAFS FEIS Silvics - USDA Plants Database
All material © 2018 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson; Silvics reprinted from Ag Handbook 654