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Tamarix ramosissima

This plant is an invasive species in North Carolina
Description

Showy summer flowering rapidly growing thicket forming small tree or shrub that is generally associated with Coastal areas. It has scaly gray-green juniper like foliage but is neither a conifer or an evergreen.  It produces true flowers which are pink and appear from June to August. Its branches are long, slender and arching and have an attractive reddish color.  Used in rain and naturalized garden areas and is valued along the sea shore beause of its moderately salt tolerance.  The common name salt cedar comes from not only the plants ability to withsand saline conditions but actually produce salt themselves.  Prune as needed in late winter to early spring going as far as the ground like you would a Buddleja spp. to rejuvinate growth and help keep the form compact.  Avoid excess fertilizer, this tree has a sparse root system.  It can be used as a windbreak or erosion control on the outter edges of the landscape where its unattractive winter appearance will not distract.

 

Wildlife Value: Tolerates damage by deer.

Insects, Diseseses, and Other Plant Problems: Caution should be used when planting as it can be quite invasive in warm coastal and riparian areas in zones 8-10.

Is synomonus withTamarix gallica, T. chinensisT. pentandra

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#invasive#rain garden#weedy#salt tolerant#windbreak#erosion control#sandy soil#coastal plant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#invasive#rain garden#weedy#salt tolerant#windbreak#erosion control#sandy soil#coastal plant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Tamarix
    Species:
    ramosissima
    Family:
    Tamaricaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Gardens, Rain Gardens
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eastern Europe, Asia
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Food Source
    Wind Break
    Dimensions:
    Height: 10 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 8 ft. 0 in. - 13 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12-24 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    Fruits are dry capsules that split open and disperse seeds.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Pink, feathery racemes, summer blooming on new wood.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Rain Garden
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Poor Soil
    Salt
    Problems:
    Invasive Species