The Tamaris (Tamarix), from the family of Tamaricaceae, sports a multitude of fine twigs and an bushy and graceful branches. This ornamental shrub weeping, bushy or even rounded, depending on the variety, can reach between 2 and 5 m in height. It stands out in the garden by its spectacular effect when it is covered with small flowers of a more or less deep pink, in different seasons depending on the variety chosen. The Spring Tamarisk is particularly bushy, but it must be recognized that any variety has a vaporous appearance of the most beautiful effect and brings a small mediterranean touch in the garden. Rustic and rapid growth, the Tamaris is very easy to grow. This is what we will see without delay.
Plant a Tamarisk
Tamarisk crashes preferably in autumn. Latecomers can, however, wait until spring if they missed the boat. Planting Tamarisk is simple.
- Dig a hole 100 cm in diameter and deep.
- Mix the extracted earth with a good amount of sand if it is calcareous and heavy.
- Add two good shovelfuls of potting soil or compost to the soil / 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.
Tamarisk crashes isolated. But you can also choose to create a hedge by Tamaris. In this case, when planting, it is necessary to observe an interval of about 1.40 m between two shrubs.
Finally it is strongly advised against cultivating Tamarisk in a container or in a pot.
Growing a Tamarisk
The Tamarisk tolerates very well spray, it can be cultivated on the coast, but it thrives in many other regions, even where the winters are quite severe. Easy to live with, it still requires one condition in terms of exposure: to be installed in broad daylight because it amply favors its flowering.
He likes them well-drained soils, not too chalky. Her Earth favorite is sandy but the shrub also thrives in a dry and stony ground. We avoid calcareous, heavy 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 withstand extreme cold. But we must be careful of do not plant a Tamarisk in drafts. We therefore avoid exposing it to cold winds.
Maintain your Tamaris
The Tamarisk is a tree that is suitable for all gardeners regardless of their expertise because it requires only one minimum maintenance.
This tree can withstand the absence of watering as long as it is well rooted. However, it must be given water every 15 days in dry and scorching periods during its first summer.
We recommend doing a add compost once a year, preferably during the spring. This is all the more useful if the Tamarisk is planted in poor soil.
Nothing obliges to prune a Tamarisk. However, pruning is 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 foot of the Tamarisk. In order to’ventilate the heart of the tree, one can also choose to carry out a size of the branches in great number which go towards the center. The removal of very old branches is sometimes necessary on older Tamarisk trees.
Parasites and diseases
The Tamarisk is not susceptible to pests or diseases.
Flowering of Tamarisk
The Tamaris blooms on the wood of the year. Dense, it is an ideal tree for creating a windbreak hedge or for retaining 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 spring, others 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 (Tamarix tetrandra Africana) with ultra vaporous foliage and multiple flowers of a powdery pink of great delicacy. To enjoy a opulent bloom in summer, the Very branched tamarisk (Tamarix ramosissima) is a good choice. We love its fairly deep pink flowers, its leaves that are certainly deciduous but which form pretty bluish-green feather duster and its supple and graceful habit.