saltcedar USDA PLANTS SYMBOL: TARA
Tamarix ramosissima Ledeb.
Synonym(s): salt cedar, salt-cedar, tamarisk, tamarix

Appearance
Tamarix ramosissima is a deciduous shrub that can grow up to 15-20 ft. (4.6-6.1 m) in height. The bark is smooth and reddish on younger plants, turning brown and furrowed with age.
Foliage
Leaves are small, scale-like, gray-green in color, and overlap along the stem.
Flowers
The 5-petaled flowers are pale pink to white, in dense plumes that bloom from early spring to late fall.
Fruit
Fruit capsules contain numerous tiny (0.04 in. [0.1 cm] diameter) seeds.
Ecological Threat
T.ramosissima invades stream banks, sandbars, lake margins, wetlands, moist rangelands, and saline environments. It can crowd out native riparian species, diminish early successional habitat, and reduce water tables and interferes with hydrologic process.

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