Is ornamental tamarisk invasive in MN?

Asked June 25, 2020, 3:54 PM EDT

Would ornamental tamarisk be invasive in our yards? Also, is it an ok bee pollinator species for our native MN bees? Thanks for your help! --Betty

Hennepin County Minnesota

1 Response

Hello.

Because it is so adaptive to many environments and has shown itself to be invasive in several states (but not Minnesota, yet), I would guess it is not the best thing to plant here. I skimmed the article the link of which is attached below and found nothing about it being a beneficial plant for pollinators. But that doesn't mean it isn't. I've attached the link because there is a lot in there about how adaptive it is and how much it has spread. It seems it particularly likes areas where the cottonwood and willow are the dominant species and we have plenty of that here in Minnesota.


I hope this information helps.