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    Saltcedar (Tamarisk)


     (Tamarix chinensis, T.parviflora, and T. ramosissima)

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    Colorado List B - Eradication required in Jefferson County

    General

    • Family: Tamaricaceae (Tamarisk)
    • Introduced from Asia
    • Has been sold as an ornamental but is no longer available in Colorado

     

    Habitat

    • Riparian areas and wetlands
    • Deciduous shrub and small tree
    • High drought and seasonal flood tolerance

     

    PLANT

    Vegetation

    • Small tree or shrub up to 20 feet tall
    • Feathery leaves, gray-green in color
    • Accumulate salts in foliage

     

    Roots

    • Deep tap roots

     

    Flower

    • Color: small pink to white flowers on racemes (long, narrow clusters)
    • Season: June to September

     

    Seed

    • Small, wind-borne seeds
    • Spread by streams
    • Can germinate in 24 hours

     

    Seedling

    • Reddish-brown bark on saplings and stems

     

    Reproduction

    • Seed
    • Cut stems
    • Root fragments

     

    CONTROL

    Biological

    • Not allowed – eradication is required

     

    Chemical

    • Apply one of the following to sapling - either a foliar or basal treatment (lower bark) when stems are small and smooth (spring through fall):
      • Garlon 4; or
      • Arsenal
    • Apply one of the following during mature stages - either a foliar or cut-stump treatment; cut trees need to be chipped (spring through fall):
      • Garlon; or
      • Arsenal

     

    Cultural

    • Prevention – maintain health of site
    • Hand pulling young plants

     

    Mechanical

    • Burning - Not effective; readily resprouts from crown 
    • Grazing - Goats can be effective on the regrowth after a stand is cut 
    • Cutting/Mowing - Cutting combined with an herbicide treatment is most effective 

     

    More Information

     

    Use all chemicals according to the manufacturer's label. Listing the above methods or products does not imply a specific recommendation or endorsement.



    Alicia Doran
    Weed & Pest Management Specialist
    303-271-5989
    adoran@jeffco.us

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    Last Updated: 8-5-2013