Tamarisks

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What are they?

The tamarisks or salt-cedars form the family Tamaricaceae and are mostly many-stemmed shrubs with conifer-like foliage that spread by means of suckering root systems. In the past, some species have been popular for hedging and screening in coastal areas because of their salt-tolerance. Most species come from desert and sub-desert regions and are very tolerant of arid conditions.

Where are they found?

As introduced garden plants, tamarisks could, in theory, be found anywhere that garden debris is left, but many of the ornamental species of gardens do not seem to spread readily and most individuals likely to be found in the wider countryside occur in coastal locations.

Identification

The various species of tamarisk are very difficult to tell apart and identification depends greatly on minute details of the flower structure. In reality, only one species is likely to be encountered, but others should be kept in mind. This page only covers the one species that is widespread in our region and details of others should be sought in major horticultural references.



Common Tamarisk      Tamarix gallica

Introduced from southwest Europe and mostly occurring in coastal regions, more commonly in Suffolk than in Norfolk. Flowers July to September. A wiry, many-stemmed bush, often growing at a strongly leaning angle due to coastal winds. Readily recognised by its conifer-like foliage and an outstanding sight when in flower, the whole plant being smothered in clusters of tiny, pink flowers.

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Winter twig