saltcedar Tamaricaceae Tamarix
|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.
Looks like: athel tamarisk
- smallflower tamarisk
- Australian pine
| Additional Range Information:
Tamarix chinensis is planted in the USDA
hardiness zones shown above and may seed
into the landscape. See
states reporting saltcedar.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson