Chinese tamarisk

Chinese tamarisk

Tamarix chinensis

Common Name:

Chinese tamarisk

Scientific Name:

Tamarix chinensis


Alternative common names:

 Chinese tamariske (Afrikaans)

Description:

Evergreen shrub or tree 3-6m high with a black or dark brown bark and feathery branches. Deep green, greyish or bluish-green leaves are minute and scale-like. Pale to purplish-pink flowers in clusters 15-70mm long at the end of thin, long twigs. Fruits are papery capsules 3-4mm long.

Additional Information


Where does this species come from?

Eastern Europe to China in Asia.

What is its invasive status in South Africa?

Existing legislation: CARA 2002 - Category 1 NEMBA 2020 - Category 1b

Where in South Africa is it a problem?

Western, Eastern and Northern Cape, Free State, Mpumalanga and Limpopo.

How does it spread?

Seed dispersal.

Why is it a problem?

Competes with and replaces indigenous species. Dense stands could significantly reduce stream flow and groundwater reserves.

What does it look like?

General description:
Leaves: Deep green, greyish or bluish-green leaves are minute and scale-like.
Flowers: Pale to purplish-pink flowers in clusters 15-70mm long at the end of thin, long twigs.
Fruit/seeds: Fruits are papery capsules 3-4mm long.

Does the plant have any uses?

Shade, ornament, erosion control; honey source.

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