Saltcedar Tamarix spp.


Salt Cedar

Salt Cedar

 Where does saltcedar come from?

  •  Saltcedar is a Eurasian native that was introduced into North America in the early 1800s.
  • Saltcedar was imported as an ornamental, use for wind breaks, or for erosion control.
  • First collected in 1929, Saltcedar can now be found in 49 Kansas counties.


 What does saltcedar look like?

  • Saltcedar is a small tree or shrub that produces pink flowers May through October. 
  • The plant?s base is a branched clump with red/brown stems 
  • Saltcedar can often reach a height of 15-20 feet. 

 Why is saltcedar a problem?

  • Saltcedar forms dense monocultures and dramatically changes vegetation structure and animal species diversity. 
  • Saltcedar accumulates salt in its tissues, which is later released into the soil, making it unsuitable for many native species. 
  • Large saltcedar plants can use up to 200 gallons of water a day thus reducing and even eliminating water flow. 
  • The leaves, twigs and seeds are extremely low in nutrients, and, as a result, very few insects or wildlife will use them. 

 How do we control saltcedar?

  • Saltcedar is difficult to eradicate. It resprouts readily after cutting or burning. Research and many programs are now in place to learn how to reduce or eradicate saltcedar. 
  • Contact your local Kansas Department of Agriculture office for specific control techniques for an established population. 

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Saltcedar links:

Saltcedar Information Page

Saltcedar Profile

USDA Plant Database