Noxious Weeds of Nebraska

Published 2007
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Biology, identification, distribution and control of saltcedar, including an illustrated life cycle and photos to aid in plant and pest identification. This is one of seven noxious weeds for which Nebraska law mandates control. This publication is available online or printed copies are available free from local Extension offices.

Saltcedar, a member of the Tamaricaceae family, is classified either as a deciduous shrub or small tree that grows along streams or wetlands. It is an invasive species and often replaces willows, cottonwoods and other native vegetation. Once saltcedar becomes established, it can impact the local environment by: 1) increasing the salinity of the soil, reducing the productivity of native plants; 2)using soil water to such an exent that it may dry up streams and reduce water levels or rivers and lakes; 3)increasing the risk of wildfires as its leaves and branches dry in late summer; and 4) increasing the chance of flooding during high intensity rainfall by impeding stream flow.

Topics covered in this publication on saltcedar include its history, biology, identification, distribution and cultural, mechanical, biological and chemical control. A table of herbicide treatments is also included.

Publication Details


Robert G Wilson

Stevan Knezevic




Publication Date April 02, 2007
Last Revision Date April 02, 2007
Language English

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Series Extension Circular