Random invasive species images that represents what NISIC does
USDA.gov NAL NISIC Sudden oak death Formosan subterranean termite Yellow star thistle Giant African snail Cactus moth Purple loosestrife
HomeAbout National Invasive Species Information Center (NISIC)News and EventscouncilHelpContact Us
 Search the National Invasive Species Information Center
Search all USDA
Advanced Search
Browse by Geography
United States
Browse by Subject
Aquatic Species
Economic Impacts
Laws and Regulations
Manager's Tool Kit
Resource Library
You are here: Home / Plants / Species Profiles / Saltcedar
Species Profiles


SaltcedarScientific name: Tamarix spp. (ITIS)

Common names: Saltcedar, salt cedar, tamarisk

Click image to enlarge

Selected Resources

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: Lowers the water table and creates large deposits of salt in the soil (Di Tomaso 1998)

Current U.S. Distribution:



Selected Resources:

Back to Top

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

Stop the Invasion: Saltcedar (Jun 2016; PDF | 673 KB)
Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office. Washington Invasive Species Council.
See also: Outreach and Educational Materials - Invasive Species Fact Sheets for more resources


RiversEdge West - What is Tamarisk?
RiversEdge West.
Special Note: Formerly known as the 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 - Saltcedar / Tamarisk
Colorado Department of Agriculture. Conservation Services Division. Noxious Weed 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
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.

Di Tomaso, J.M. 1998. Impact, biology, and ecology of saltcedar (Tamarix spp.) in the southwestern United States. Weed Technology 12(2):326-336.

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

Back to Top
Last Modified: Jul 21, 2018
Bookmark and Share
I Want To
    Read Recent News Articles
    Find Management Plans
    Locate Images
    Find Experts

More ...

    Species Profiles
    Discussion Groups
    Economic Impacts
    Educational Resources
    Image Galleries
    Frequently Asked Questions
    What You Can Do
Media Help
 To view PDF files, you must have Adobe® Acrobat® installed on your computer.

To view multimedia files, you must have Adobe® Flash® installed on your computer.

 NISIC Home | NAL Home | USDA | AgNIC | Agricultural Research Service | Web Policies and Important Links | Site Map
FOIA | Accessibility Statement| Privacy Policy | Non-Discrimination Statement | Information Quality | USA.gov | White House