Tamarix ramosissima

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Photo: Joseph DiTomaso

Synonyms: Tamarix juniperina; Tamarix pentandra

Common names: saltcedar; tamarisk

Tamarix ramosissima (saltcedar, tamarisk) is a shrub or a tree (family Tamaricaceae) which can be found along streams and lake shores, throughout California. Tamarix ramosissima is associated with dramatic changes in geomorphology, groundwater availability, soil chemistry, fire frequency, plant community composition, and native wildlife diversity. It may hybridize with Tamarix gallica or Tamarix chinensis.

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.

Species ID Card

Invasive Species ID Card - To support field identification of early detection species, Cal-IPC has designed a set of Species ID cards that can be downloaded, printed double-sided, and trimmed to size.

Special Reports

Tamarisk 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

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.

Other Tamarix ramosissima 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.
  • CalWeedMapper - Distribution map of this species in California with ability to determine regional priorities.
  • 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.
  • Additional photos

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    Tamarix ramosissima (saltcedar) flowers. Photo: &#169 2010 Neal Kramer
    Tamarix ramosissima_leaves (leaf scales)_copyright2010_NealKramer
    Tamarix ramosissima (saltcedar) leaves (leaf scales). Photo: &#169 2010 Neal Kramer
    Tamarix ramosissima_seedling_copyright2014_NealKramer
    Tamarix ramosissima (saltcedar) seedling. Photo: &#169 2014 Neal Kramer
    Tamarix ramosissima_growth habit_copyrigh2014_NealKramer
    Tamarix ramosissima (saltcedar) growth habit. Photo: &#169 2014 Neal Kramer
    Tamarix ramosissima_infestation with recruitment_copyright2014_NealKramer
    Tamarix ramosissima (saltcedar) infestation with recruitment. Photo: &#169 2014 Neal Kramer