I’ve been watching this tree around the corner from my house since the first hint of color emerged in early April.
Around April 16 the tight flower buds have opened to clothe the tree in pink fluff. I think of my sister visiting me from Japan one year who noticed this and asked me about this “Dr Seuss tree.”
By mid-May the pink has faded to brown.
The cottony seed fluff is released around June 5.
And the tree’s new look is a different kind of soft and fluffy, thin scale-like foliage gradually shifting the dominant color to green.
Tamarisk, genus Tamarix, is also known as salt cedar — I don’t know the exact species of this tree. It has a rather unruly, sprawling habit, but can be pruned to control it’s shape if desired. Drought tolerant, it is hardy to USDA zone 4. Oregon State University has more details on this deciduous tree native to southeastern Europe here.
Before you consider planting this tree, do your homework — in some places it is invasive and its establishment has caused significant decline of native riparian plant communities in many parts of the American west. A map and discussion is available on invasiveplantatlas.org. You can read about it on this USDA website, or a very detailed report is available at terrain.org.