|Tamarisk (Salt Cedar) (Tamarix ramosissima)|
DESCRIPTION: Exotic. Deciduous tree or large shrub to 15'. Flowers white to pink, each 1/16" long, but grow in long (1-2"), narrow, drooping, clusters. Leaves scale-like, bluish-green in color, to 1/16"long, but twigs are more prominently seen and they are long and slender. Bark becomes furrowed with time. Tamaricaceae (Tamarix) Family.
NATURAL HISTORY: Flowers bloom March - November. Introduced from Eurasia at the beginning of the 1900s for erosion control and as an ornamental. Now forms dense stands along waterways, competing with native plants (e.g., willows and cottonwoods), and evaporating high amounts of water (often reducing stream flow significantly). Honey bees (introduced from Eurasia also) are attracted to the flowers, and some other native wildlife have begun using the trees for cover.