FLOWERING SHRUB. First-rate shrubs for seaside gardens and for windy, exposed positions. They succeed on any soil, unless very chalky. Increase by 9 in. long cuttings of well-ripened shoots in autumn. Tamarix pentandra, also known as Hispida aestivalis and pallasii, bears feathery-pink flowers in August. There is a deeper, rosy-red form. Cut back hard in April to ensure vigorous new growth.

T. parviflora (telrandra purpurea) bears deep pink flowers in May, the shoots being dark purple and the foliage bright green. This species may also be pruned back fairly severely in early spring.

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