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What are they?

Tamarisks - some species of which are known as saltcedars - are widespread and common species in arid regions of the world. Naturally, they tend to occur along seasonally flooded water courses in semi-desert locations and their tolerance of such conditions, together with their tolerance of coastal winds and salty spray, has resulted in them being planted for hedging and shade in many parts of the world outside of their normal region. Unfortunately this has led to several species becoming an invasive alien problem.

Where are they found?

Tamarisks have not been commonly planted in Cape May County and do not seem to be posing an invasive threat. Sprawling bushes may occasionally be found on the sites of abandoned porperties where they may look more or less naturalized.


This can be a difficult group to identify to species and it is best to wait until flowering time. Close attention to details of the flowering spike with a good hand lens is essential for identification, as well as noting the timing of flowering.

Saltcedar      Tamarix ramosissima

Currently known from coastal scrub along the Delaware Bayshore, where presumed to have been originally planted. Flowers June to August.
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Leaves and stems
Leaves and stems

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Winter twig