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Tamarix Genus

Tamarisk

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Well drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.0
  • WaterDry

Description

Tamarix genus (Tamarisk). This genus consists of deciduous or evergreen trees and shrubs which are grown for their foliage, habit and abundant racemes of small flowers. The leaves are very small and scale-like, and have salt-secreting glands. The flowers are small, either white or pink which occur in an abundance of slender spikes.

Characteristics

Woody perennials, Deciduous or Evergreens, Fragrants

Other common names

Salt cedar

Origin

Europe and Asia

Interest and use

Grown for their foliage which is suitable for borders or as windbreakers. Suitable for coastal conditions.

Cultivation

They will adapt to a wide range of soils and climates. They are fully to moderately frost hardy, and grow well in deep, sandy soil with good drainage. Restrict growth by cutting back in spring; trim hedges at same time. In mild areas, they are very wind resistant and will thrive in exposed, coastal positions.

Propagation

Propagation is by ripe seed, semi-ripe cuttings in the summer or by hardwood cuttings in the winter.

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