Tamarisk (Tamarix spp.) is an invasive plant. It is a native of Europe, North Africa and Asia and was first detected in North Dakota in 1800.
Saltcedar is an aggressive plant that can quickly create a monoculture along lakes and waterway areas. Saltcedar uses very large amounts of groundwater. A single plant is capable of transpiring over 200 gallons of water per day, thus the total water flow along drainages can be reduced or completely eliminated. Saltcedar displaces nativeriparian plants and alters animal habitats.