When you live in an area where the soil is not too good, it is sometimes very difficult to find a plant that is resistant and has a high ornamental value at the same time. But that's not the case with tamarisk.
This tree has leaves that are very reminiscent of those of conifers, and its flowers are… beautiful, no, the following. When they sprout, it seems as if the whole plant is just a trunk, branches and flowers. Its leaf parts are barely distinguishable. Plus, it is resistant to everything, or almost.
The tamarisk, also called taray or tamarisk, belongs to the botanical genus Tamarix, and this one to the family Tamaricaceae. The genus comprises 60 species, all of them native to the driest areas of Eurasia and Africa. They can grow as bushes of 1m or little more, or as trees of up to 15 metersLike Tamarix aphylla.
They are characterized by having acicular leaves, like conifers, of a grayish green color. The flowers, which sprout in summer-autumn, form dense masses of up to 10cm in length and are pink or white.. If they are pollinated, the seeds will begin to mature, which are tiny, 1mm in diameter.
How do you take care of yourself?
If you want to have one of these trees in your garden, take note of our tips 🙂:
- Location: outside, in full sun (preferably) or in semi-shade.
- Soil or substrate: not demanding. It grows in all types of soils, even sandy ones.
- Irrigation: moderate in summer, somewhat scarcer the rest of the year. Resists drought.
- Subscriber: during spring and summer it is recommended to fertilize with mineral fertilizers, either liquid or in grains.
- Pruning: it is not necessary, but it can be done at the end of winter without problem.
- Plagues and diseases: has no problems.
- Rusticity: supports frosts down to -10ºC.
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