Tamarisk (Tamarix anglica) is a species of shrub imported from the Middle East and introduced to Britain sometime in the sixteenth century.
The shrub reaches three metres in height and may be bent into shape by the prevailing wind. It has alternate leaves which are very tiny and numerous. The flowers are either pink or white and are also quite small, growing on reddish twigs.
The Tamarisk grows well on the coast being very resistant to salt.
It is known for it's medical properties and is cultivated as an ornamental shrub.