The Tamarisk (Tamarix), of the family of Tamaricaceaesports a multitude of fine branches and an bushy and graceful foliage. Cet ornamental shrub with a weeping, bushy or even rounded habit depending on the variety, can reach between 2 and 5 m in height. It stands out in the garden with its spectacular effect when it is covered with small flowers of a more or less intense pink, at different seasons depending on the variety chosen. The Spring Tamarisk is particularly bushy, but it must be recognized that any variety has a vaporous look of the most beautiful effect and brings a little mediterranean touch in the garden. Rustic and rapid growththe Tamarisk is very easy to grow. This is what we will see without delay.
Plant a Tamaris
The Tamarisk is planted preferably in autumn. Latecomers can however wait until spring if they have missed the boat. Planting Tamarisk is simple.
- Dig a hole 100 cm in diameter and depth.
- Mix the extracted earth with a good quantity of sand if it is calcareous and heavy.
- Add two good shovelfuls of potting soil or compost to the earth/sand mixture.
- Cover the bottom of the hole with a little of this mixture.
- Install the young Tamarisk in the center of the hole.
- Water copiously.
The Tamarisk is planted in isolation. But you can also choose to create a hedge of Tamarisk. In this case, when planting, it is necessary to respect an interval of about 1.40 m between two shrubs.
Finally, it is strongly advised against cultivating the Tamarisk in a container you are a pot
Growing a Tamarisk
The Tamaris supporting very well the spray, it can be grown on the coast, but it thrives in many other regions, even where the winters are quite harsh. Easy to live with, it still requires one condition in terms of exposure: to be installed in broad daylight because it amply promotes its flowering.
He likes them well-drained soils, not too calcareous. Her terre favorite is sandy but the shrub also likes a dry, rocky ground. We avoid heavy calcareous soils, where water stagnates easily because the Tamarisk has difficulty tolerating cool soil.
Be careful, we know that the strain of a Tamarisk is able to brave extreme cold. But you have to be careful of do not plant a Tamarisk in drafts. We therefore avoid exposing it to cold winds.
Caring for your Tamarisk
The Tamarisk is a tree that suits all gardeners regardless of their expertise because it only requires a minimal maintenance.
This tree can withstand the lack of watering as long as it is well rooted. However, it must be given water every 15 days during dry and scorching periods during its first summer.
We recommend doing a addition of compost once a year, preferably during the spring. This is all the more useful if the Tamarisk is planted in poor soil.
Nothing forces you to prune a Tamarisk. Pruning is however possible every 3 years in the spring, when the risk of frost is no longer to be feared, if one wishes to intervene on the shape of the antlers. For example, the shrub is encouraged to grow in height by cutting the secondary branches without being too severe so as not to strip the base of the Tamarisk. In order to’ventilate the heart of the tree, you can also choose to prune a large number of twigs that are heading towards the center. The removal of very old branches is sometimes necessary on old Tamarisk.
Pests and diseases
Tamarisk is not susceptible to pests or diseases.
Flowering of Tamarisk
The Tamarisk blooms on the wood of the year. Dense, it is an ideal tree to create a windbreak hedge or to retain the soil of an embankment. We therefore do not hesitate to plant several in his garden, especially since it brings a decorative note throughout the year. The flowering period of a Tamarisk varies depending on the species. Some bloom from the springothers from summer to autumn.
We cannot therefore advise fans of the genre of plant different varieties of Tamarisk for’stagger flowering and therefore, to enjoy it for more than 7 months. For example, you can opt for a spring tamarisk (TAfrican tetrarix amarix) with ultra vaporous foliage and multiple flowers of a powdery pink of great delicacy. To take advantage of a opulent flowering in summerthe Highly branched tamarisk (Tamarix very branchy) is a good choice. We love its fairly intense pink flowers, its deciduous leaves which form pretty bluish-green feather dusters and its supple and graceful habit.