Skip to main content


Open Main MenuClose Main Menu
Plant Profile  
FYUSE 3d Image

Common Name: Saltcedar

Other Names: Tamarisk

Species Name: Tamarix chinensis

Plant Type: Woody

Family Name: Tamaricaceae, Tamarix Family





Plant Facts  
Origin Eastern Asia
Duration Perennial
Distribution in the U.S. Western half of the country
Distribution in Oklahoma Throughout the state



ID Characteristics

  • Field Identification Characteristics


    • Slender, reddish brown branches
    • Branches arched or drooping
    • Leaves scale-like


    • Showy columns of pink flowers
    • Long, splitting capsules with fluffy hairs on seeds
  • Leaf and Stem Characteristics
    • Growth Form: Shrub 
    • Leaf Type: Simple 
    • Leaf Arrangement: Alternate 
    • Leaf Blade Edge: Scale-like
    • Leaf Blade Length: 1-2 millimeters
  • Floral Characteristics
    • Petal Number: 5
    • Flower Color: Pink to White
    • Flower Timing: May-September 
    • Fruit Type: Capsules



Soil Type Dry to waterlogged soil; Grows well in sand, clay and extreme saline soil
Habitat Floodplains, along irrigation ditches and around ponds
Successional Stage Early


Back To Top