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Tamarix africana - Poir.

Common Name African tamarisk
Family Tamaricaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Grows in the littoral, damp places and the sides of streams[89].
Range S.W. Europe to N. Africa.
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Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Tamarix africana African tamarisk


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Tamarix africana is a deciduous Tree growing to 7.5 m (24ft 7in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline and saline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

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Synonyms

Tamarix hispanica.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Canopy; Secondary; Hedge;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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FOOD FOREST PLANTS

Other Uses

Hedge  Hedge

Very tolerant of maritime exposure, it makes a good shelter hedge in coastal gardens[11].

Special Uses

Hedge  Hedge

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Cultivation details

An easily grown plant, succeeding in most soils and tolerant of saline conditions[11]. Grows well in heavy clay soils as well as in sands and even shingle[182]. Usually found near the coast, it succeeds inland if given a fairly good deep loam and a sunny position[11, 200]. Tolerant of maritime winds and dry soils when grown near the coast[11], plants require a moister soil and shelter from cold drying winds when they are grown inland in non-saline soils because they use the soil salts that are found in saline soils to help them reduce transpiration[200]. Plants are only hardy outdoors in the milder parts of the country[200]. Growth can be restricted by cutting back the plants in spring, hedges are also best trimmed at this time[188]. Very closely related to T. gallica[11] and to the much hardier T. juniperina[200]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame and only just cover the seed. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame. Very easy[200]. Cuttings of mature wood of the current seasons growth, 15 - 25cm long, planted outdoors in late autumn in a nursery bed or straight into their permanent position. High percentage[11, 200].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Tamarix anglicaEnglish TreeShrub5.0 6-9 MLMHNDM11 
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Tamarix hispidaKashgar TreeShrub1.0 5-9 MLMHNDM00 
Tamarix juniperina Tree7.5 5-9 MLMHNDM00 
Tamarix parvifloraSmall-Flowered TamariskShrub4.5 4-8 MLMHNDM000
Tamarix ramosissimaTamarisk, SaltcedarShrub4.5 2-9 MLMHNDM100

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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