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Conway, SC
Jan 28, 2018 5:14 PM CST
I have been trying for almost a year to obtain some Tamarix apylla seeds, but to no avail. If anyone knows where some could be located, I would very much appreciate it. I would even willing to purchase them for a decent price.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Jan 28, 2018 8:27 PM CST
Have you thought about taking a trip to the South West at the right time of year and collecting some seed? That's how I got a couple plants I couldn't find at any nurseries.

Tamarix apylla is considered a nuisance plant in Death Valley. At Lake Mead (the reservoir behind Hoover Dam), and other areas of Southern Nevada, they are hybridizing with the shrubby deciduous Tamarisk and are considered an invasive.

I wonder if, even if you find seeds, it would grow in your area. These are the trees we see in the Alkaline playas (dry lake beds with incredibly alkaline or salty soil with no nutritients and deep ground water).
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

Conway, SC
Jan 29, 2018 9:53 AM CST
A 2,000 mile trip just for seeds isn't going to fly with the Mrs. And I have heard about the invasiveness of the plant, but I plan on only growing 1, and I have heard the plant isn't self fertile. As to whether it will grow in our clay soil here, I guess I'll find out if I ever get one.

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