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Tamarisk (Salt Cedar)

Natural History

Tamarisk is a member of the Tamarix Family. It appears as a shrub or small tree and grows to a height of 15 feet. Leaves are small bluish green and scaly and grow to 1/16 inches in length. The plant typically grows in moist areas along streams and around lakes at elevations below 5000 feet.

Tamarisk is also known as Salt Cedar since it accumulates salt in its leaves.

Tamarisk typically blooms between March - August and produces clusters of tiny pink to white flowers. The plant is not native to the US, but was introduced from Eurasia, and has become one of the more notorious invasive species in the southwest. The trees choke out native willow and cottonwood seedlings and robs other native plants of water.

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