Alternative common names:
Saltcedar (English); perstamariske (Afrikaans)
Evergreen shrub or tree 3-6m high with reddish-brown bark and feathery branches. Deep green, greyish or bluish-green leaves are minute and scale-like. Flowers are pale to purplish-pink in clusters 15-70mm long at the end of thin, long twigs. Fruits are papery capsules 3-4mm long.
Where does this species come from?Eastern Europe to Asia.
What is its invasive status in South Africa?Existing legislation: CARA 2002 - Category 1 in Northern Cape, Western Cape and Eastern Cape. Category 3 in rest of SA NEMBA - Category 1b
Where in South Africa is it a problem?Western, Eastern and Northern Cape, Free State, North-West and Limpopo Provinces.
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: Evergreen tree growing up to 6m with reddish-brown bark.
Leaves: Deep green, greyish or bluish-green leaves are minute and scale-like.
Flowers: Flowers are pale to purplish-pink in clusters 15-70mm long.
Fruit/seeds: Fruits are papery capsules 3-4mm long.
Does the plant have any uses?
Shade, ornament, erosion control; honey source.