BACKGROUND: Saltcedar was introduced from Eurasia and is found throughout the United States. It is widely used as an ornamental. It commonly infests lake and stream banks as well as pastures and rangeland. Large plants can transpire 200 gallons of water per plant per day, drying up ponds and streams.
OTHER COMMON NAMES: Tamarisk
DESCRIPTION: This woody perennial plant grows 5 to 20 feet tall. Stems are reddish-brown. Leaves are small and scale-like. Branches are long and slender. White to pink flowers have five petals and are borne in finger-like clusters. The root system is extensive. Saltcedar may exhibit either deciduous or evergreen traits.
CONTROL: Biocontrol is available. Select herbicides can offer excellent control when applied in late summer through early fall, especially after cutting or burning.
- SCIENTIFIC NAME: Tamarix ramosissima
- CLASS: 3
- BIOCONTROL AGENTS AVAILABLE: YES