Tamarisk, also called salt cedar, common name for a genus of deep-rooted, deciduous trees and shrubs native from the Mediterranean region to northern China. Several species are grown as seashore windbreaks and others as ornamentals. Some have important medicinal properties, and still others are cultivated for their dye products.
Scientific classification: Tamarisks make up the genus Tamarix of the family Tamaricaceae.
With a height of rarely more than 5-6 m, and sometimes found in bush form, this species is recognised by its small leaves growing on very thin branches, which give the tree a permanently stringy look, and on occasions seems as if it has died. The flowers form in soft, reddish-brown racemes in spring. Tamarisk offers splendid light shadow and functions as a natural umbrella.
"...larches were green-fingered, small flowers were opening in the turf” (p. 258)