Safety in Bear Country
Black bears have been seen near Devils Garden Campground. Don't lure or feed them. Dispose of trash in designated receptacles; don't leave it in bags or other soft containers. Store food in vehicles or hard containers when not being prepared or consumed. More »
Tamarisk (Salt-cedar; Tamarix)
Family: Tamaricaceae – Tamarisk Family
The non-native Tamarix chinensis (Tamarisk or Salt cedar) is the only species from this family represented at Arches National Park.
Shrubs or small tree to 19.8' (6 m) tall; bark reddish brown; intricate branching
Leaves: alternate; scalelike; entire
Flowers: 5 fragrant white to pink or lavender petals borne in elongated clusters; 5 sepals; stamens usually as many as or twice as many as the petals; 1 pistil; petals 0.04” to 0.072” (1 to 1.8 mm) long
Blooms in Arches National Park: April, May, June, July, August, September
Habitat in Arches National Park: widespread cultivated tree that escaped along seeps and riparian areas
Location seen: Wolfe Ranch, Colorado River, Hwy. 128, Hwy. 279
Other: The genus name, “Tamarix”, is named for the Tamaris River in Spain and the species name, “chinensis”, means “of China” which refers to its Eurasian distribution.
This plant from Eurasia was planted intentionally to control erosion. It reached Utah sometime following the turn of the century. It was well established by the 1920's along the Colorado River and its tributaries. It spreads so rapidly and so extensively that there is little hope of eradicating it.
Did You Know?
Nearly 96% of Arches is recommended for wilderness designation. Though the recommendation has not been approved by Congress, the park is required to manage those 73,312 acres as though they were formally designated wilderness. More...