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Environmental Services

working for clean rivers

Phone: 503-823-7740

Fax: 503-823-6995

1120 SW 5th Avenue, Room 1000, Portland, OR 97204

14. Saltcedar

Saltcedar (Tamarix ramosissima)


Photo by John M. Randall,

The Nature Conservancy


  • An escaped ornamental that has become naturalized along streams, canals, and reservoirs
  • Dense stands form near springs and waterways
  • Large plants can transpire at least 200 gallons of water per day and often dry up ponds and streams
  • Accumulates salt and releases it into the soil, making soil unsuitable for many native species


Photo by Steve Dewey, Utah State University (