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Common Name: Tamarisk
Tamarix ramosissima is a deciduous shrub that can grow up to 4.50 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food. The plant can be used in soil stabilization projects, and is sometimes grown as an ornamental, where it can be used to make a hedge
E. Asia - S. Russia to China.
]. River sides, river valleys, sandy or clayey salty plains, sand dunes[
An easily grown plant, succeeding in most soils and tolerant of saline conditions[
]. This species is not found in saline soils in the wild and so might not be tolerant of them in cultivation[
]. Grows well in heavy clay soils as well as in sands and even shingle[
]. Usually found near the coast, it succeeds inland if given a fairly good deep loam and a sunny position[
]. Tolerant of maritime winds and dry soils when grown near the coast[
], plants require a moister soil and shelter from cold drying winds when they are grown inland in non-saline soils because they use the soil salts that are found in saline soils to help them reduce transpiration[
This species flowers on the current year's growth[
]. Any pruning is best carried out in spring, hedges are also best trimmed at this time[
]. Plants are tolerant of severe pruning, sprouting freely from old wood[
Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[
A manna is produced by the plants in response to insect damage to the stems[
]. It is sweet and mucilaginous and is used in confectionery[
Very tolerant of maritime exposure, it makes a good shelter hedge in coastal gardens[
]. It does not like being trimmed[
Plants have an extensive root system and can be used to control the erosion of sand dunes and other sandy soils[
Seed - sow spring in a cold frame and only just cover the seed. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, mid summer in a frame. Very easy[
Cuttings of mature wood of the current seasons growth, 15 - 25cm long, planted outdoors in late autumn in a nursery bed or straight into their permanent position. High percentage[