Tamarix, Five-Stamen Tamarix, Saltcedar, Salt Cedar, Tamarisk 'Summer Glow'

Tamarix ramosissima

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




Water Requirements:

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Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Foliage Color:

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12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 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)

Where to Grow:

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Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

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This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Fayetteville, Arkansas

San Leandro, California

Nampa, Idaho

Bartlett, Illinois

Clermont, Kentucky

Georgetown, Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Nicholasville, Kentucky

Wellfleet, Massachusetts

Galesburg, Michigan

South Lyon, Michigan

Las Vegas, Nevada

Roswell, New Mexico

Brooklyn, New York

Beaufort, North Carolina

Belfield, North Dakota

Akron, Ohio

Bucyrus, Ohio

Hulbert, Oklahoma

Kintnersville, Pennsylvania

Mount Joy, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Austin, Texas

Salt Lake City, Utah

Auburn, Washington

Madison, Wisconsin

Menasha, Wisconsin

Porterfield, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 13, 2016, 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. http://www.issg.org/pdf/publications/worst_100/english_100_w...

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, lowers water tables, 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 southeast... read more


On Aug 13, 2016, BeeWhoreinOhio from Akron, OH wrote:

I'm looking for this tree since I have heard that in the summer during a drought it is a great resource for bees when everything else is suffering in the heat.
I have spotted two stands of this tree, one near a salt storage facility, that were covered in bees in mid summer, and the trees don't appear to be spreading outside where they are planted.


On Dec 10, 2010, sgg2 from Bartlett, IL wrote:

I ordered this plant bare root via mail order in about 1997 & it grew & bloomed the 1st year. After 2 yrs I moved & transplanted it to my new home about 2 miles away. It established beautifully & bloomed. It was next to our patio and home made pond where weeds grew like crazy. It grew quite large & bloomed every year. I was never able to propogate it by cuttings or seeds, (& I did try becaused I liked it). It was definately not invasive in my area, west. suburbs of Chicago. I have moved again & am thinking of putting another on the side of the house needing screening from the neighbors garage.


On Jul 6, 2010, Quixxel from Salt Lake City, UT wrote:

The infamous Tamarisk---bane of river systems, invader of wetlands, and increaser of soil salinity. I would not recommend planting them, as they are a pain to eradicate (which you will want to do once they take over sufficient yard space).


On Jun 28, 2007, dicentra63 from West Valley City, UT (Zone 6b) wrote:

I love the tamarisk's lacy foliage, but it's a pest here in Utah. The entire Green and Colorado river systems have been invaded by them. They line the banks of both rivers so thickly that no native species can grow on the banks. You can't even approach the bank on foot because of the density of the tamarisks.

Furthermore, mosquitos love them. I was on a river run many years ago down the Green river, and we had to stay in the middle of the river; if we got close to shore, the skeeters got us.

However, if you have a place where you get too much water but a lot of sun, the tamarisk is the shrub for you. My sister, who lives near Boise, ID, has a problem spot where the water from the neighbor's lawn puddles on top of a hard stratum of rock not far below the surfa... read more


On Jun 27, 2007, snws4570 from La Ceiba,
Honduras wrote:

This tree produces amazing cooling capacity when found in large stands. In Las Vegas, lining the Las Vegas Wash draining all storm water and treated wastewater to Lake Mead, this tree is common. Yes, it has taken over but in a stark barren landscape such as is found in some parts of the desert, the stands of tamarisk cedars are a welcome cool respite from the scorching heat.

My questions are: how long are these seeds viable after being borne from the tree? How can one obtain the seeds?


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

North Dakota has this plant listed on it's invasive/troublesome list and has put out flyers and cards with the following information:

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

Widespread invasive found in ornamental la... read more


On Sep 10, 2006, WUVIE from Hulbert, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Several years ago I ordered a Tamarix through the mail,
planted it out front and waited. And waited. And waited.
Finally, years later, it is just now beginning to put on
a show worthy of looking at.

While it is a pretty color and produces light and airy
whispy strands to adore in the breeze, it's hardly the
show I was expecting.

Strangely enough, Tamarix is considered an invasive
species. I've waited for years for this, so I can't fathom
the invasiveness. Perhaps I am just growing a dud.


On Dec 8, 2005, bigcityal from Appleton, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I am well aware of the reputation of this plant and invasive species. These shrubs are easy to spot and I have never seen one out of it's captivity. It is an unusual accent plant.