Wednesday, May 04, 2011
While I was in a part of town that is on the backside of the dunes, I think it is what they call Old Town, there was quite a bit of vegetation. Along one road I spotted several of these trees. After finding out that they were called Salt Cedar, I looked them up on the web. Salt Cedar or tamarisk (tamarix ramosissima) was introduced to the USA from Eurasia in the 1820's and now they have become an invasive plant across much of the USA.
When I was looking at them I thought that these were good trees and would help stablize the sandy soil but the bad side of them is that they hog the land, kill off the native plants and they can drink 200 gallons of water a day.
In the Mercer Logs they write about planting cedar slips along the North end of the field. Most probably they were planting salt cedar in the 1870's. But who knew that they were going to turn out to be nusiance. I wonder if this salt cedar is a decendant from one of the trees the Mercers planted.
I'll write another blog soon and tell you about the Mercer Logs.