Resistant to spray, drought, disease and sunlight, tamarisk is a solid shrub. It is covered between April and September with a multitude of pink flowers that partly conceal its leaves in scales.
Common name : Tamarisk
Scientific name : Tamarix
Family : Tamaricaceae
Category : Shrubs
Type of plant : Perennial
Tamarisks are deciduous shrubs or trees growing to 1–18 m in height and forming dense thickets. Tamarix aphylla is the largest, growing up to 18 m tall. They usually grow on saline soils but can also tolerate alkaline conditions.
They are characterised by slender branches and grey-green foliage. The leaves are scale-like, 1–2 mm long, and overlap each other along the stem. They are often encrusted with salt secretions. The pink to white flowers appear in dense masses on 5–10 cm long spikes at branch tips, sometimes entirely covering the foliage, usually from spring to autumn.
Sowing & planting
200 - 1000
6 - 7
Plant my tamarisk
Plant from late autumn to early spring, in the sun, in any type of soil, preferably not too rich and well drained.
Begin by digging a hole twice as large as the root ball, without mixing the soil layers - you will put them back in order. If the soil is very heavy, place a layer of gravel at the bottom of the hole.
Put some of the earth back. Arrange the mound so as not to bury the base of the stems. Replace the rest of the soil.
Tamp the soil well around the roots, form a hollow and water until the water no longer flows visibly.
Water my tamarisk
Water only the first weeks of the installation, or if your tamarisk is in pot. In both cases, wait until the soil dries on a few centimeters before watering again.
Prune my tamarisk
After a few years the shaggy branches can become a bit too exuberant.
There are two types of pruning for tamarisk.
- Prune flowering tamaris every 2 years after flowering. Thin out by cutting some of the old branches at the base.
- Summer blooming tamaris are easier to cut. Every year in March cut all branches as low as possible - if possible at ground level. If you want to make your tamarisk a tree, cut only one carpenter out of two beside the trunk.