Tamerask Tree (sp?)

I'm not sure if I'm spelling it right, but does anyone know where I get get some seeds for this type of junk tree?
Shane
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Shane wrote:

Tamarack? Tamarind? I have no idea where to get seeds for either one although an ethnic food store may well have fresh tamarind fruits on the shelf for part of the year anyway and where there are fruits there are often viable seeds. I'd think that the climatic requirements might be rather difficult to accommodate for tamarinds away from the equatorial regions. Tamarack is a pretty rugged NA tree which seems as though it can grow anywhere -- is that what you mean by "junk tree"?
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I believe you mean the Tamarisk tree. See here http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1E1-tamarisk.html
And it is also known as the Tree of Life http://www.utopiasprings.com/tams.htm
Seems it is a noxious weed tree in the western US http://forestry.about.com/b/a/191033.htm . I don't think you're going to make any friends if you do find a source, from what I've read about this tree.
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Wow, Thanks! You found the tree that I have been trying to track down for some time now. I actually have one growing in my backyard and we cut it down really low every year and it grows right back again. I actually want to use to to hide a cement wall on our hill side in the backyard. Unfortunately I have never seen that tree spread and I have tried to grow it in other places, but had no luck.
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It's funny how some trees that are a problem in some areas of the country just aren't a pest where you (or I) are/am (how's that for a tortured sentence? <G>)
I hear all the time what a horrid tree the pawlonia is, or the mimosa, catalpa, etc. Around here they just aren't a problem. Nor is vinca, the groundcover. English ivy, on the other hand (!!)
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In zone 6b/7a here in SE PA it grows very well but is not invasive. I have never seen it spread by seed, and I could not get cuttings to root. I have bought the three that I have at a local garden center. I was not even sure it would grow well here, but then I saw one out on the main road outside of an old farm house. It was 20 feet tall and very old and interestingly twisted.
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I'm in the Utah Zone so whatever zone number that is and it grows very well in the summer time. I also have tried everything to get cuttings to root, but have been unsuccessful. It's probably too late to plant them now and I doubt any of the local garden center around here would even carry it.
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"Although it is not an official noxious weed in the State of Utah, it is listed noxious in Uintah County, and in at least six other western states, including the surrounding states of Colorado, Nevada, Wyoming, and New Mexico." From a Utah .gov Site
If you are in an area that is semi-arid it will do well, but in a semi- arid climate is where it is considered invasive and noxious.
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Ann wrote:

with that in mind, Annie me girl, wouldya like some Vinca Major for ye garden woodlands??? <GBSEG> I've NEVER, EVER seen Vinca WILT, but the drought that we're barely hinted at being just humid dusty (we got rain a couple of days ago and the sucking sounds from the ground and leaves outside the bedroom window kept me and James awake for hours.............) but the VINCA, the vinca looked as if I'd doused it with gasoline and set a match to it, it's been so dry here in Faerie Holler. The fig tree is loaded with figs, but the ants and flying assorted residents have put out the word far and wide that there be moisture and it's SWEET!! so no figs for us, yet..........
but if you'd like to take on some of the Vinca, I'd be glad to pass you a few roots along, just as an experiment. It's not hard to remove it you keep on top of it, and my variety has a HUGE blue morning glory flower in late spring.
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No thanx, Maddie, I've got vinca myself - but it behaves itself. I don't want your beautiful but disobedient pal to give it any ideas! <BSEG>
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yeah... I got my figs sweating sugar too and the wasps and even the FLIES are on em. I have fight the critters for my figs. but we have plenty of water everywhere for the critters, but I think the figs are a bit stressed, first a ton of rain, and then nothing for a while,but I been watering them almost every day cause my figs are in pots. Ingrid
wrote: The fig tree is loaded with figs, but the ants and flying

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