False Tamarisk

Also known as:
German Tamarisk

General description

Deciduous woody shrub growing up to 1.5 m tall. Leaves (5.5 mm x 1.6 mm) close to branches. Leaves appear similar to a conifer. Small, pink flowers, in racemes (Dec-Feb). Seeds in small grey capsules (Feb-Mar), often while there are still flowers on the plant.

Stony riverbeds.

Wind and vegetative spread.

Expected to have a similar impact to that of other weeds which invade braided riverbeds, such as reducing the habitat available for birds that nest in braided riverbeds, while also providing cover for the predators that attack them.

Site management

Recommended approaches

1. Small seedlings can be hand pulled.
2. For chemical control options contact the ARC Biosecurity team on 09 366 2000 or biosecurity@arc.govt.nz

Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

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RPMS status

Surveillance - Whole Region
National Pest Plant Accord species - nationwide
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