Tamarix parviflora

Tamarix parviflora
Tamarix parviflora 
small-flowered tamarisk, salt cedar
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 2-4m
USUAL WIDTH 2-3m
LEAVES deciduous conifer
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS pink
BLOOMING TIME May - June
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 4   (down to -34°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
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Tamarisk (salt cedar) is a beautiful plant with tiny leaves and profusion of plume-like flowers. This one is called small-flowered and produces pink flowers from about mid May until early June. They are composed in short, 3-4 cm long racemes along arching twigs with reddish brown bark. Deciduous leaves are scale-like, mid green, very small. Overall appearance is feathery and very fluffy thanks to which the plant looks great in a Mediterranean-style landscape, or combined with other larger plants with leathery foliage.

Tamarisk grows medium fast and looks best when pruned annually. Cut back 80% of previous year's growth in early spring to encourage new growth with plentiful of flowers on a dense and compact shrub or crown.

Comparison of salt cedars cultivated in Central Europe:
- tamarix ramosissima – blooms in summer, upright habit, leaves are more blue-green
- tamarix parviflora – blooms in spring, arching, leggy habit if unpruned, leaves are more green

Tamarisk is also called salt cedar because it comes from SE Europe where it grows in sandy and salty soil and is able to absorb and exude salt from its leaves. The root system is fine on young plants but very vigorous and deep with age as it goes searching for water. Grow it in full sun, dry or medium moist soil. It does not need a specific pH or too fertile soil. However, if you prune it hard a portion of a slow-release fertilizer is recommended. Hardy to about -34°C (USDA zone 4).

Last update 16-02-2015
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Tamarix parviflora height of stem 180-190 cm
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
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  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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