Chinese Tamarisk (Tamarix chinensis)

Shrub
T. elegans. T. gallica. non L. T. indica. non Willd.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Chinese Tamarisk
Tamarix chinensis
Tamaricaceae

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

  • Medicinal Use

    The leaves are analgesic, antipyretic, antivinous, carminative, depurative, diuretic, febrifuge[147, 218]. Aids measles rash surfacing[147].

    The wood is used in the treatment of anthrax-like sores[218]

    A manna from the plant is vulnerary[218].

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

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].
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]. This species flowers on the current year’s growth[227]. Any pruning is best carried out in spring, hedges are also best trimmed at this time[188]. Plants are tolerant of severe pruning, sprouting freely from old wood[K]. Very closely related to T. ramosissima[11]. This plant is often mis-identified as T. gallica[50] or T. indica[200]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200].
E. Asia – China.

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