Tamarix aphylla

Tamarix aphylla_JM DiTomaso
Photo courtesy Joseph DiTomaso

Synonyms: T. articulata Vahl., T. orientalis Forssk., Thuja aphylla L.

Common names: athel; athel pine; tamarisk; evergreen saltcedar

Tamarix aphylla (athel tamarisk) is a shrub or a tree (family Tamaricaceae) found along streams and lakeshores throughout California. Tamarix aphylla and other tamarisk species were introduced as landscape ornamentals. Athel tamarisk is still widely planted as an ornamental species in southern California but is less invasive than other tamarisk species. It has escaped cultivation in the San Joaquin Valley, eastern South Coast, and desert regions of California.

Rating: Limited

Cal-IPC Resources

  • Plant Assessment Form - Information gathered by Cal-IPC on the impacts, rate of spread, and distribution of invasive plants in California. Does not include management information.
  • CalWeedMapper - Statewide maps, climate models, and reports.
  • Cal-IPC News - Our quarterly newsletter. Each issue is available as a pdf.
  • Cal-IPC Symposium Proceedings - Presentations and papers from our annual Symposium.
  • Don't Plant a Pest! - Select your region to find non-invasive alternatives to ornamental species. Also see our statewide brochure on trees.

Other Resources

Symposium Presentations

  • Reinoehl, S. and C. Zaich (2010). The Matilija Dam Ecosystem Restoration Project. Cal-IPC 2010 Symposium Ventura, CA, California Invasive Plant Council
  • Carruthers, R. and J. Buettner (2003). Biocontrols: Progress and ongoing needs. California Invasive Plant Council Symposium 2003. Kings Beach, CA.
  • Barnes, P., E. Powell, et al. (2001). Tamarix aphylla: An invasive threat in the desert southwest. California Exotic Pest Plant Council Symposium 2001. San Diego, CA.
  • Lovich, J. E. and R. C. de Gouvenain (1998). Saltcedar invasion in desert wetlands of the southwestern United States: ecological and political implications. California Exotic Pest Plant Council Symposium '98. Ontario, CA.
  • Humphries, S. E. (1996). Australian national weeds strategy: What are the lessons? California Exotic Pest Plant Council Symposium '96. San Diego, CA.

Cal-IPC News Articles

  • Lardiere, B. M. and D. Bieber (2009). Maintaining riparian habitats after initial invasive plant treatments on Camp Pendleton. Cal-IPC Symposium 2009. Visalia, CA, California Invasive Plant Council.
  • Burkhart, B. and M. Kelly (2005). Which weeds dominate southern California urban riparian systems? Cal-IPC News. 13: 4-5,12.
  • Connick, S. and M. Gerel (2005). Don't sell a pest: A new partnership to prevent plant invasions through horticulture. Cal-IPC News. 13: 4-5,14.
  • (2004). Invasive species legislation: What's hot on "The Hill". Cal-IPC News. 11: 7.
  • (2004). How much do weeds cost society? The tamarisk example. Cal-IPC News. 11: 6.
  • Carruthers, R. I. and C. J. DeLoach (2004). Progress on the biological control of tamarisk. Cal-IPC News. 11: 4-5.
  • Owen, K. (2004). An island called Santa Cruz: Removing invasives on the Channel Islands. Cal-IPC News. 12: 4-5,13.
  • Zavaleta, E. S., R. J. Hobbs, et al. (2002). Viewing invasive species removal in a whole-ecosystem context. CalEPPC News. 10: 5-7.
  • Bell, C. E., M. Evans, et al. (2000). Exotic pest plants, Calif. Assoc. of Nurserymen, and CalEPPC. CalEPPC News. 9: 9-10.
  • Kelly, M. (1999). Roundup of Arundo projects reveals commitment, strategic weakness. CalEPPC News. 7: 4-9.
  • Kelly, M. (1997). Lessons from the front: Taking stock to avoid surprises. CalEPPC NEWS. 5: 4-7.
  • Neill, B. (1997). Prescription for applying herbicide to tamarisk. CalEPPC News. 5: 7-10.
  • (1995). Biological control of invasive exotic pest plant species: A report on the importance of maintaining and enhancing our nation's biological control capabilities. CalEPPC News. 3: 6-10.
  • Lovich, J. (1995). Wildlife and weeds: life in an alien landscape. CalEPPC News. 3: 4-5.
  • Kelly, M. (1994). Tamarisk advancing in Baja California. CalEPPC News. 2: 9.