Tamaricaceae (Tamarisk family)

GROWTH HABIT:  Deciduous or evergreen shrubs or small trees, 5 to 20 feet tall.

LEAVES:  Small and scale-like, on highly-branched slender stems. 

STEMS:  Bark on saplings and stems is reddish-brown.

FLOWER:  Pink to white, five-petalled.



OTHER:  Saltcedar, also called tamarisk, was introduced from Eurasia and is now widespread in the United States.  Used as ornamentals, but has escaped and become naturalized along streams, canals, and reservoirs in much of the West.

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