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Saltcedar, Salt Cedar, Five-stamen Tamarix, Tamarisk 'Pink Cascade'

Tamarix ramosissima

Family: Tamaricaceae
Genus: Tamarix (TAM-uh-riks) (Info)
Species: ramosissima (ram-oh-SIS-ee-muh) (Info)
Cultivar: Pink Cascade




Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall



Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:


Wilmington, Delaware

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Klamath Falls, Oregon

Kintnersville, Pennsylvania

Quakertown, Pennsylvania

Fircrest, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 25, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

The World Conservation Union has included this species in their list of 100 of the world's worst invasive species, one of only 32 terrestrial species so singled out.

Eleven states have declared this species a noxious weed. It's an invasive pest species on the shores of rivers, lakes, and irrigation canals in arid regions of the US, from Texas to North Dakota and west to California. There it forms impenetrable thickets, and increases the salt content of the soil. According to BONAP, it has naturalized in 30 states.
It is also a problem on the Atlantic coast of some southeastern states. It doesn'... read more


On Apr 24, 2014, j3maloney from Elsmere, DE wrote:

I have one plant of 'Pink Cascade' and it has behaved itself for six years. I prune it almost to the ground every year and get a beautiful spray of misty green early and then a spectacular cloud of pink in the summer. I have counted at least twenty different bees and wasps as well as several butterflies sipping nectar from the flowers. While it may not provide food for insect larvae, it certainly is a good nectar source. I planted it in an 'island' garden bed and have not seen any escapees, so I'm assuming it is not prone to invasiveness here in Delaware. I have not noticed any of the surrounding plants suffering from Tamarix stealing water. Since others have warned of invasiveness, I'm keeping a keen eye on this one, but I'd hate to give it up.


On Aug 21, 2008, isom from Mission BC,
Canada (Zone 8b) wrote:

Yes, tamarix can be invasive & is a weed tree, supplanting other valuable native species & hogging water supplies. In such places, tamarix should NOT be used. By checking what the invasive, noxious, & weed plants are for your area, you can decide to use or not.

But in our area, tamarix are NOT invasive & water (rainfall) is one thing we have in plenty, living on the edge of a temperate rainforest. I've seen a few tamarix here only & most people don't seem to appreciate them or prune them for the best effect. Very few grow here really.

A smaller, shrub version like 'Pink Cascade' would be ideal. I'm redoing my gardens since we now own our own place & the yard needs to be managed nicely. We have to cope with wild Himalayan blackberries (very nasty) & wild mornin... read more


On Nov 17, 2007, guntermann from Oregon City, OR wrote:

This plant is listed on many invasive species lists and has proven to be extremely detrimental to western USA riparian areas. The plant agressively uses up water reserves and further causes desertification. There are active quarantines across many states. Named cultivars may not be exempt from these regulations. Responsible gardeners subscribe to the Voluntary Code of Conduct and the St. Louis Accords.

From the ISSG Global 100 Invasive List

"Tamarix ramosissima is a deciduous shrub and can appear as a small tree that can grow in many different substrates. It can be found where its roots reach the water table, such as floodplains, along irrigation ditches and on lake shores and it can tolerate a wide range of saline or alkaline soils. This species can repl... read more


On Apr 1, 2007, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

This plant is listed on the North Dakota invasive/troublesome list and this information is being distributed in a guide developed by the ND Weed Control Association and other agencies.

Plant Features
Perennial, up to 30 feet tall
Evergreen/cedar-like shrub or small tree
Loses all of it's leaves in the fall
Leaves soft, scale-like, turn yellow/reddish before dropping in late fall
Bark is scaly and reddish on older plants, smooth and reddish on younger plants
Large stout taproot with a slender upright or branched trunk
Flowers abundant, white to pink, 5 petals, located on the ends of branches
Blooms May through September
Spreads by plant fragments and pepper size/like seed

Distribution:... read more