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Care of the plant Tamarix gallica or French tamarisk.

Care of the plant Tamarix gallica or French tamarisk

The genus Tamarix, family Tamaricaceae, includes about 60 species of trees and shrubs native to dry regions of Europe, Asia and Africa. Some species are: Tamarix gallica, Tamarix anglica, Tamarix chinensis, Tamarix aphylla, Tamarix africana, Tamarix boveana, Tamarix pentandra, Tamarix hispida.

Common names: French tamarisk, Manna Plant, Salt cedar. This species is native to the Arabian Peninsula.

They are deciduous trees or shrubs with long and flexible branches that reach 8 meters in height. The leaves are scaly and bluish-green in color. The numerous flowers are small and appear on white or pink cylindrical spikes. They bloom in spring and summer.

They are used as isolated specimens, next to ponds, in streets and public parks and to form small groups; they combine well with Vitex agnus-castus, Nerium oleander and Salix baylonica. They resist saline soils and saline wind: they are ideal for Mediterranean coastal gardens.

The Tamarix gallica needs a sunny exposure and a warm climate. Resists light frosts.

They prefer well-drained soils and do not grow well in limestone soils. Planting and transplanting are done in the fall or spring.

Water the young plants abundantly once a week and the adult specimens every 10 days. They resist drought well.

Fertilize with manure in autumn and with mineral fertilizer in spring.

Prune the branches that have blossomed lightly in autumn.

They are plants resistant to the usual pests and diseases.

They are propagated by semi-woody cuttings in late summer and by woody cuttings in mid-autumn.

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