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SaltcedarScientific name: Tamarix spp. (ITIS)

Common names: Saltcedar, salt cedar, tamarisk

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Native To: Eurasia (Carman and Brotherson 1982)

Date of U.S. Introduction: Early 1800s (Carman and Brotherson 1982)

Means of Introduction: Ornamental (Carman and Brotherson 1982)

Impact: Absorbs large amounts of water and creates large deposits of salt (North Dakota. Department of Agriculture 2003)

Current U.S. Distribution:



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Invasive Plants of California's Wildlands - Tamarix spp.
California Invasive Plant Council.
Bossard, C.C., J.M. Randall, and M.C. Hoshovsky (Editors). 2000. Invasive Plants of California's Wildlands. University of California Press. Berkeley, CA

Fact Sheet: Saltcedar (Jan 2014; PDF | 916 KB)
Alberta Invasive Plants Council (Canada).

Saltcedar (PDF | 1.25 MB)
Saskatchewan Invasive Species Council (Canada).


Texas Invasives Database - Tamarix ramosissima

Invasive Species Compendium - Tamarix ramosissima
CAB International.

Global Invasive Species Database - Tamarix ramosissima (shrub, tree)
World Conservation Union. Invasive Species Specialist Group.


Tamarix spp. (Tamarisk or Salt Cedar) - Aquatic Plant Information System (APIS)
DOD. USACE. Engineer Research and Development Center. Environmental Laboratory.

Saltcedar, Tamarix spp.: An Emerging Success (PDF | 98 KB)
USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN) - Tamarix
USDA. ARS. National Genetic Resources Program.

Fire Effects Information System (FEIS) - Tamarix spp.
USDA. FS. Rocky Mountain Research Station. Fire Sciences Laboratory.

PLANTS Database - Tamarisk
USDA. NRCS. National Plant Data Center.


Saltcedar - Best Management Practices Weed Profile (PDF | 219 KB)
Colorado State Parks.

Tamarix - Non-Native Freshwater Plants
Washington State Department of Ecology. Water Quality Program.

Class B Noxious Weed: Saltcedar
Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board.


Weed Control in Natural Areas in the Western United States: Saltcedar and Tamarisk (2013; PDF | 330 KB)
University of California. Weed Research and Information Center.

Saltcedar, Tamarix ramosissima
University of California - Riverside. Center for Invasive Species Research.

Saltcedar (Tamarisk) (PDF | 288)
Montana State University. Extension Service.

Saltcedar - Noxious Weeds of Nebraska (PDF | 1.5 MB)
University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Cooperative Extension.

Introduced Species Summary Project - Saltcedar
Columbia University. Center for Environmental Research and Conservation.


Invaders of the Sonoran Desert Region - Tamarisk, Saltcedar, Athel Tree
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

Salt Cedar
Colorado Weed Management Association.

Weed Identification - Saltcedar
Montana Weed Control Association.

Plant Conservation Alliance. Alien Plant Working Group.

Tamarisk Coalition
Tamarisk Coalition.


Carman, J.G., and J.D. Brotherson. 1982. Comparisons of sites infested and not infested with saltcedar and russian olive. Weed Science 30:360-364.

Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Tamarix. [Accessed Sep 10, 2014].

North Dakota Department of Agriculture. Noxious Weeds Section. 2003. Saltcedar: A new threat to North Dakota’s rivers,streams and wildlife (PDF | 541 KB).

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