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The City of Portland, Oregon

Environmental Services

working for clean rivers

Phone: 503-823-7740

Fax: 503-823-6995

1120 SW 5th Ave, Suite 613, Portland, OR 97204

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14. Saltcedar

saltcedarSaltcedar (Tamarix ramosissima)

  • 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

Top photo by John M. Randall, The Nature Conservancy


Bottom photo by Steve Dewey, Utah State University (