Tamarix ramosissima Ledeb.
Tamarisk, tamarix, saltcedar
Saltcedar is native to eastern Europe and temperate regions of Asia. It is considered a serious invasive species over much of its North American range. It prefers riverbanks and brackish soils that are well drained, and full sunlight, at elevations below 1.3 mi (2.1 km). Bushes live for up to 100 years.
Plants: This deciduous shrub is 15-20' (4.6-6.1 m) high. On young shrubs, bark is smooth and reddish. Older plants have brown and furrowed bark. Plant roots extend up to 30' (9.1 m) down to reach water tables.
Leaves: Scale-like, gray-green, leaves are ½" (1.5 cm) long × ¹/₃₂" (1 mm) wide, overlapping along branches. The foliage strongly resembles that of cedar, hence the name “saltcedar,” but the species are not related.
Flowers: Flowers appear on multiply branched linear spikes. Spikes are ¾-1¾" (2-5 cm) long. Individual flowers are pink, about ¹/₃₂" (1.5 mm) across, with 5 petals.
Fruits: Capsules are pinkish red to greenish yellow, ¹/₁₆-⅛" (3-4 mm) long, and contain numerous seeds less than ¹/₃₂" () in size.
Tamarix ramosissima on www.columbia.edu
Tamarix ramosissima on www.invasiveplantatlas.org
Tamarix ramosissima at the Missouri Botanical Garden
Tamarix ramosissima at cabi.org’s Invasive Species Compendium
Tamarix ramosissima description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.
Range: Zones 2-8: