Tamarix chinensis
Photo by Flickr user Patrick Dockens

Chinese tamarisk


  • This plant has a Plant Risk Evaluator rating of High Potential Risk
  • This plant has been rated Watch by the California Invasive Plant Council


Tamarix chinensis is one of the four species of tamarix that have been identified in California, and it hybridizes with Tamarix ramosissima, a plant that is on our list of Retired Plants.

All four of these species are many-branched shrubs or trees less than 26 ft. tall with small, scale-like leaves.

Saltcedar has little habitat value for most native amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals, and uses more water than native plants. Saltcedar increases salinity in the soil, inhibiting the growth of native plants. the leave litter increases the frequency of fire, an it re-sprouts vigorously after fire.

More information

For more information about this plant, please see the following resources:

Additional photos of Chinese tamarisk (Tamarix chinensis)