|Saltcedar infestation at Lock and Dam 26|
|ACOE employees treating infestation|
Saltcedar does represent a great threat to riparian areas and wetlands in Illinois if populations become established and begin to spread. Luckily, saltcedar is relatively easy to recognize. On the surface, saltcedar looks like a thin, open red cedar tree, with similar leaves and growth. Trees rarely get above 15 feet in height, usually being much smaller and often multi-stemmed. The branches are very slender and wispy. Younger bark has a reddish cast. The flowers on saltcedar are very small and purple. The leaves are very reduced and scale-like, looking very much like the leaves of red cedar.
|The reddish bark and reduced leaves help identify saltcedar |
(photo courtesy of www.bugwood.org)
|Saltcedar often grows as a small, multi-stemmed shrub. The|
thin, open branches and small leaves make this plant easily
recognizable (photo courtesy of www.bugwood.org)