The genus Tamarix (tamarisk, salt cedar) is composed of about 50–60 species of flowering plants in the family Tamaricaceae, native to drier areas of Europe, Asia and Africa. The generic name originated in Latin and may have referred to the Tamaris River in the former Hispania Tarraconensis, province of the Roman Empire.
Seven species of tamarisk normally grow in Menorca, mostly near watercourses or on the coastline as they tolerate saline soils.
These trees are used to help to prevent soil erosion because of their deep root systems. They also have slender branches with numerous
small, gray-green, scalelike leaves. Clusters of small pink flowers,
hanging at the ends of branches or from the trunks, give the plants a
feathery appearance during their blooming season.