Salt Cedar


Tamarix ramosissima

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, tamarik, tamarix

Description: This perennial plant grows five to twenty 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: Bio-control is available and shows good results in curbing the spread of saltcedar at release sites. Select herbicides can offer excellent control when applied in late summer through early fall. Contact your local state or county weed specialist for specific updated information.