smallflower tamarisk Tamaricaceae Tamarix parviflora
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.