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  • Spreading shrub or small tree which reaches between 1.5 and 7 meters in hight

  • Native to parts of Eurasia


(Tamarix spp)

Quick Identification

  • Branching stem/trunk with reddish brown bark

  • Pink to purple flowers

  • Feathery, cedar-like leaves, blueish-green in colour

High water consumption reducing ground water levels, drying up streams and wetland areas, and stressing neighboring plants.  Its extensive root system damages water systems and can increase the risk of flooding.  Saltcedar has already caused significant damage in ecosystems across North America.

Due to the extensive root system, saltcedar is extremely difficult to remove.  Combined methods of machine removal and herbicide treatment may be required.

Small pink to white flowers grow densely along the ends of twigs.  They bloom from early spring to late fall.

Leaves & Stems
Leaves are blue-green and scale-like.  Bark on saplings is reddish brown, becoming closer to a purplish brown with maturity.


Preferred Habitat
Survives in a wide range of habitats, but prefers wetland and riparian areas.

A deep rootsystem extends tens of meters into the soil to access ground water.

Reproduction & Dispersal
Seeds are plentiful and can geminate quickly but do not stay viable for long.  Seeds spread on wind and water.  Saltcedar will resprout from the roots and spread vegetatively from buried stems and branches.  Animal and human activity spread seed and vegetative matter.  Saltcedar is also planted purposefully as an ornamental plant. 


Seeds are produced asexually.  A single plant can produce 15,000 to 20,000 seeds which are topped by a pappus allowing for wind dispersal.

Interesting Facts
Still sold under the name 'pink cascade' despite its threat to ecosystems. 

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