Weed of the Month

Learn about noxious weeds and steps you can take to manage or eradicate.  Each month we will bring you a new profile and helpful resources.

April Weed Profile 

Saltcedar

Tamarix chinensis

Tamarix ramosissima

Saltcedar, also known as Tamarisk, was introduced into the United States in the 1800’s.  Saltcedar was planted as an ornamental, to stabilize riverbanks and also as a windbreak.  Saltcedar has displaced native vegetation on approximately 1.6 million acres of land.  Seedlings can survive flooding and drought.  This species secretes salt at a high rate on the ground and in the soil, which inhibits native plants from growing.

This plant is a deciduous shrub or small tree.  Petals and sepals are arranged in groups of five, they are mostly pink, sometimes white.  The plants flower anytime between April and August. The leaves are small, scale-like and bluish-green in color.

Salt cedar reproduces by seed (up to 600,000 a year) and vegetatively

Integrated management techniques include chemical, mechanical and biocontrol.

RESOURCES

RiversEdge West

USDA Saltcedar Field Guide

Colorado Department of Agriculture

Items of Interest

Weed of the Month

2021

January Weed Profile – Dalmatian Toadflax

February Weed Profile – Common Mulllein

March Weed Profile – Mediterranean Sage

2020

January Weed Profile – Cheatgrass

February Weed Profile – Myrtle Spurge

March Weed Profile – Hoary Cress

April Weed Profile – Leafy Spurge

May Weed Profile – Scotch Thistle

June Weed Profile – Dyer’s Woad

July Weed Profile – Orange Hawkweed

August Weed Profile – Purple Loosestrife

September Weed Profile – Teasel

October Weed Profile – Canada Thistle

November Weed Profile – Russian Knapweed

December Weed Profile – Russian Olive