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.

Cal-IPC Rating: Limited

Cal-IPC Assessment

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.

Cal-IPC Newsletter Articles

Cal-IPC 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.

Other Tamarix aphylla Information

  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
  • CalFlora - Distribution information based on submitted observations and herbarium specimens.
  • CalWeedMapper - Distribution information with ability to determine regional priorities.
  • Jepson Online Interchange for California Flora - Information on taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Federal database with information on identification and distribution, and links to websites in individual states.