Invasive Plant

Tamarisk

Tamarix chinensis

About This Species

Tamarisk is a shrub-like tree, also known as ‘salt cedar’. The term ‘salt cedar’ comes from its ability to release salt from its leaves, which prevents the growth of any native vegetation within its range. A single tree can produce hundreds of thousands of seeds. Tamarisk prefers moist soil located in pastures and rangelands, waste areas, drainages, streambanks, rivers, near lakes, and coastal areas.

How to Identify

Tamarisk is a thicket-forming shrub with light green, scale-like leaves and airy clusters of light pink flowers. A mature plant can grow 2-3 m in height.

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Prevention is key for controlling Tamarisk. Be PlantWise and choose a non-invasive alternative for your property.

Clean, Drain, Dry

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The Clean Drain Dry program empowers you to help reduce the spread of invasive plants and organisms to BC waters by following the clean, drain, dry procedure on all watercraft and equipment.

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A few non-invasive alternatives to plant instead of Tamarisk include:

  • Smoke bush (Cotinus coggygria)
  • Rocky mountain juniper (Juniperus scopulorum)
  • Preston lilac (Syringa x prestoniae)
  • Pacific ninebark (Physocarpus capitatus)
  • Birchleaf spirea (Spiraea betulifolia subsp. lucida)

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