smallflower tamarisk Tamaricaceae Tamarix
parviflora DC. symbol: TAPA4
Leaf: Alternate, evergreen, very small, 1/16 inch and scale-like, yellow-green to gray-green.
Flower: Small (1/8 inch), pink, 4 petals and sepals (unlike other Tamarix which have 5), numerous, occurring along twig in long narrow clusters each 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches long, very attractive and utilized by honey bees, appearing in spring.
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 reddish brown.
Bark: Smooth, reddish brown, numerous horizontal lenticels, later developing shallow splits.
Form: A multi-stemmed, small tree to large shrub up to 15 feet tall, round crown with drooping twigs. It often forms dense thickets.
Looks like: athel tamarisk - saltcedar - tamarisk - Australian pine
Additional Range Information: Tamarix parviflora is planted in the USDA hardiness zones shown above and may seed into the landscape. See the full-size PDF map.
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; range map source information