Tamarix chinensis     
Salt ceder   
Tamaricaceae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


Salt ceder tree
Tamarix chinensis
Form: irregularly-shaped, single or multistemmed tree or shrub, weeping appearance
Seasonality: deciduous
Size: 6-20ft. spread 4-10ft; size varies with water supply
Leaves: scale-like, compressed, jointed, light blue-green
Flowers: terminal clusters, usually off-white or light pink; also pink or purple varieties
Fruit: insignificant
Stems/Trunks: usually concealed by foliage
Range/Origin: Asia
Hardiness: well below 32°F


leaf close-up
white flowers
leaf and flower forms of Tamarix chinensis


tree trunk
bark on Tamarix chinensis
naturalized over wide regions, is basically considered a weed tree

will form attractive thickets with thick mats of shed leaves underfoot

some varieties are actually sought after for the color of their flowers

notoriously dangerous in fires because its resinous leaves burn explosively

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