Tamarisk: planting, pruning and care

The tamarisk is a shrub well known for its pale pink flowers, ideal by the sea for its resistance to the wind.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Tamarix
Family : Tamaracaceae
Type: Shrub

: 2 to 5 m
Weather : Rather hot
Exposure : Sunny

: Ordinary

Flowering : Spring, summer -Foliage : Obsolete

It often grows naturally, in the wild, but it can also be planted and grown in your garden.

Planting tamarisk

Tamarisk is best planted in autumn but also up toin spring if it doesn't freeze in your area.

Tamarisk is resistant to cold and frost down to -5 °.

  • The tamarisk needs sun to bloom well
  • It likes light, well-drained, even sandy soils. He hates wet soil.
  • Avoid the proximity of a home or a living space such as a terrace because its flowers are flying everywhere
  • Follow our planting tips.

Tamarisk trees require abundant watering when planting as well as a good mulching which will limit the risk of frost for the soil and the roots.

Multiplication of tamarisk:

The easiest and fastest tamarisk multiplication technique is tamarisk cuttings.

  • Tamarisk cuttings take place in late winter and spring. You can optionally cut in December on woody stems of about 15-20 cm.
  • Take cuttings from herbaceous twigs (which have not yet formed hardwood).
  • Plant the cuttings in a special cutting soil or a mixture of soil and river sand.
  • Place your cuttings under cover if this takes place in winter.
  • Here is the technique ofshrub cuttings

Pruning and caring for tamarisk

Pruning is important on the Tamarisk because it helps to keep a compact habit and to have better flowering.

  • In order to promote flowering, prune after flowering tamarisks that bloom in spring and late summer for those that bloom in summer.
  • You can do this in the fall if the flowering is late.

The tamarisk requires very little care because it does very well in dry land and therefore does not need watering.

To know about the tamarisk

The tamarisk is well known for its pale pink bloom and abundant in spring or summer according to the varieties.

In France, it grows mainly in the south but it is also found on a large part of the Atlantic face, in particular for its high resistance to spray.

The wind makes this shrub particularly attractive when it sweeps and layers the thin branches, so you never tire of the spectacle.

On the other hand, it not very resistant to severe frost since he fears temperatures below -5 °.

At the species level, most have spring flowers forming numerous flowers of pink or whitish color but some varieties also bloom in summer, even until the fall.

The leaves are small, alternate and scaly, similar to those of some conifers.

The "manna" collected by the Hebrew people in the desert (Book of Exodus) most likely comes from this shrub.

Smart tip about tamarisk

The tamarisk trees form magnificent hedges, especially by the sea when the sweep of the wind highlights the beauty of this shrub.

To read also:

  • Other flowering shrubs for a colorful hedge
  • The hedge, the best defense against disease

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Video: Starting a Tamarix Bonsai from nursery stock, Aug 2016 (October 2021).