Synonyms: Tamarix juniperina, Tamarix pentandra
Common names: Chinese tamarisk, fivestamen tamarisk
Tamarix chinensis (Chinese tamarisk) is a shrub or a tree (family Tamaricaceae) and can be found along streams and lake shores, throughout California. Tamarix chinensis is associated with dramatic changes in geomorphology, groundwater availability, soil chemistry, fire frequency, plant community composition, and native wildlife diversity. It may also hybridize with Tamarix gallica or Tamarix ramosissima.Cal-IPC Rating: High?
CDFA Rating: -*?
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.
Special ReportsTamarisk Brochure - from the University of California's Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program
Weed Management Notes
- Management Notes - Information on management techniques and effectiveness from the University of California Cooperative Extension’s Weed Research & Information Center.
Cal-IPC Newsletter Articles
- Alliance forms to guide tamarisk biocontrol in California. Norelli, Nicole. Vol 25, Issue 1
- Biological control of invasive exotic pest plant species: A report on the importance of maintaining and enhancing our nation’s biological control capabilities. CalEPPC. Vol 03, Issue 3
- Slow-motion explosion: The exponential spread of exotic species. Schneider, David. Vol 02, Issue 3
- California Exotic Pest Plant Council draft list exotic plants of greatest concern October 1993. CalEPPC. Vol 01, Issue 4
Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations
Presentations are linked where available. Where a presentation is not available, find more information by reading the abstract in the Cal-IPC Symposia Archive.
- Complexity, constraints, and challenges of herbicidal and biological tamarisk treatment in the Mojave River watershed. Lair, Ken; Bell, Chuck; Lindgren, Jackie; Dudley, Tom (2020)
- Distribution and spread of tamarisk beetles (Diorhabda spp.) and their known and predicted effects on riparian ecosystems. Bloodworth, Ben (2020)
- Complexity, constraints and challenges of tamarisk treatment in the Mojave River watershed. Lair, Kenneth; Bell, Chuck; Lindgren, Jackie (2017)
- Native riparian revegetation success in controlled tamarisk and non-tamarisk sites in the Mojave River watershed, California. Lair, Kenneth (2017)
- Past, present, and future: Saltcedar (Tamarix spp.) and biological control in California. Norelli, Nicole (2017)
- California Alliance for Tamarisk Biocontrol – Biological Control with the Tamarisk Leaf Beetle (Diorhabda spp.). Norelli, Nicole; Dudley, Tom (2016)
Other Tamarix chinensis Information
- Bugwood - National database from the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at the University of Georgia.
- CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
- Calflora - Distribution map and records of this species in California.
- EDDMapS - Distribution of this species in North America.
- Jepson Interchange - Information on this plant's taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
- USDA PLANTS Database - Information on identification and distribution, with links to websites in individual states.