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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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Council or Task Force

Invasive Plants of California's Wildlands - Tamarix spp.
California Invasive Plant Council.
In online book: 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 Species Council (Canada).
See also: Fact Sheets for more information about individual invasive species, including those listed as "Prohibited Noxious" and "Noxious" under the Alberta Weed Control Act

Saltcedar (PDF | 1.25 MB)
Saskatchewan Invasive Species Council (Canada).
See also: Fact Sheets - Terrestrial Plants for more species


Least Wanted: Alien Plant Invaders of Natural Areas Fact Sheet - Saltcedar
Plant Conservation Alliance. Alien Plant Working Group.

Tamarisk Coalition
Tamarisk Coalition.

Texas Invasives Database - Tamarix ramosissima

The Quiet Invasion: A Guide to Invasive Species of the Galveston Bay Area - Saltcedar, tamarisk
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Galveston Bay Estuary Program; Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC).

Invasive Species Compendium - Tamarix ramosissima
CAB International.

Global Invasive Species Database - Tamarix ramosissima (shrub, tree)
IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.

Federal Government

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

U.S. National Plant Germplasm System - Tamarix
USDA. ARS. National Genetic Resources Program. GRIN-Global.

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.

State Government

Noxious Weed Species - Salt Cedar / Tamarisk
Colorado Department of Agriculture. Conservation Services Division. Noxious Weed Program.

Non-Native Invasive Freshwater Plants - Salt Cedar
Washington State Department of Ecology. Water Quality Program.

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

King County (Washington) Noxious Weed Control Program - Saltcedar
King County Department of Natural Resources (Washington). Water and Land Resources Division.


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

MontGuide - Saltcedar (Tamarisk) (2010)
Montana State University Extension.

Noxious Weeds of Nebraska - Saltcedar
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.

Noxious Weed Information - Salt Cedar (B List)
Colorado Weed Management Association.

Weed Identification - Saltcedar
Montana Weed Control Association.


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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