Botanical name: Tamarix
Botanical name: Tamarix
Tamarisks are a genus of dry-climate specialist plants that originate from Africa and Eurasia. They are all shrubs or trees that have thin branches and a greyish tint to their scaly leaves. Several tamarisks are grown ornamentally, often as shade trees and windbreaks. These plants produce a useful wood that was once used to make bows, as well as for carpentry and fuel.
Species of Tamarisks
The athel tamarisk (*Tamarix aphylla*) is an ornamental tree native to Africa and the Middle East, but it is commonly found growing in the southwestern United States. Its fine-grained wood is used for fuel, and it produces a fragrant scent when burned. The light-colored wood has been used in making furniture and fence posts. It is an excellent shade tree and very fast-growing. It is salt-tolerant and drought-resistant.
Smallflower tamarisk (Tamarix parviflora) is a deciduous shrub that can grow up to 4.5 m tall. The gray-green foliage is scale-like and changes color in fall. Flowers are small and white appearing in spring. It is considered invasive as it chokes out native trees and affects the ecological balance.
Five-stamen tamarisk (Tamarix chinensis) is a deciduous shrub native to China and Korea. It is considered a noxious invasive plant in many areas of the United States. It grows fast and is highly adaptive to a variety of environments. It depletes the moisture and nutrients in the soil harming native plants growing in the same area. Produces pinkish-white flowers from spring to fall.
French tamarisk (Tamarix gallica) is a deciduous shrub that will grow to 4 m tall. It blooms in summer with pinkish-purple flowers that attract bees and other pollinators. Thrives in full sun and prefers dry or moist well-drained soil. It is native to Europe and has naturalized in regions in the United States. It can be invasive.
Tamarisk is a hardy shrub or small tree with feathery leaves and plumes of showy flowers. It is easy to grow and works well as a hedge or windshield. Its tamarisk, refers to its ability to tolerate salt water. The shrub uses special glands to excrete the salt through its leaves.
Wild tamarisk are a genus of dry-climate specialist plants that originate from Africa and Eurasia. They are all shrubs or trees that have thin branches and a greyish tint to their scaly leaves. Several tamarisks are grown ornamentally, often as shade trees and windbreaks. These plants produce a useful wood that was once used to make bows, as well as for carpentry and fuel.
African tamarisk is a show-stopper, providing a stark contrast in colouration between its white/pink blooms and its dark branches. This quality, and the fact that it is pollution-resistant, make it a popular ornamental choice. African tamarisk's wood was historically used to make longbows in Asia and southeast Europe, its native region.
Growing to 3 m tall and broad, it is a small deciduous tree with almost black arching branches, and tiny scale-like leaves arranged along the branches. Racemes of pale pink flowers are produced in late spring.
Canary islands tamarisk
Tamarix canariensis is a species of flowering plant in the family Tamaricaceae. It is a shrub or small tree up to 4 m tall. It was previously said to be native to parts of Macaronesia, northern Africa and south-western Europe, but is now considered only to be found in the Canary Islands, the African and European species being Tamarix gallica. It was first described by Carl Ludwig Willdenow in 1816.
OrderPinks, cacti, and allies