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Tamarisk family (Tamaricaceae)

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Saltcedar (Tamarix spp.)


    • Shrub or small tree; multiple large stems arise from root crown; up to 20 ft. tall, highly branched with reddish-brown bark; leaves turn yellow to red in autumn


      • Alternate; deciduous; green to blue-green, small (0.06-0.14 in. long), oval to lance-shaped, overlapping and scale-like


        • Tiny with 5 white to pink petals; arranged in finger-like clusters at the tips of branches


          • Deep taproot with creeping roots


            • Often found along edges of waterways, lakes and ponds; known to occur in all Nevada counties

            • Perennial; reproduces by seed, roots and stem fragments

            • High concentration of salt in fallen leaves can impact growth of other plants

            • Also known as tamarisk


              • Cutting, digging or burning MUST be combined with a chemical application to be effective

              • An insect biological control agent is available

              • Apply imazapyr to actively growing foliage during flowering; triclopyr, glyphosate or imazapyr as a cut stump or basal bark treatment

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