Halimodendron halodendron

Common Salttree, Russian Salt Tree

In Stock: 0.065 lb (Total:0.065lb)
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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 12 hours.
Stratification: none required
Germination: Sow in greenhouse or indoors. Keep in greenhouse through first winter before planting them outside in early summer.

Discover the Common Salt Tree or Russian Salt Tree, scientifically called Halimodendron halodendron, a unique species of legume. Native to Russia and Southern Asia, this deciduous shrub has made its way to other continents as an introduced species, earning a reputation as a resistant plant. Growing up to 10 ft tall, it bears clusters of about four leaflets on sharp spurs. Near the ends of the branches, you'll find pink pea-like blossoms, complementing the black woody inflated pod that encompasses its legume seeds.
Its tolerance for saline soils and deep, wide root system, which sends lateral roots up as new shoots, allows the plant to form extensive thickets in a range of climates. Its resilience makes it perfect for cultivating on alkaline, sandy, and saline soils. Despite its sometimes noxious weed status, it is a useful wind shelter, particularly in areas like Canada.
The common salt tree comes into bloom between July and August, is pollinated by insects and has a sweet almond-like fragrance. It's also nitrogen-fixing, contributing to soil health. To cultivate, soak its seeds in warm water for 12 hours and plant them in a sunlit position in very well-drained compost. Protect them from overwatering and nurture them for at least their first winter in a greenhouse before moving them to their permanent outdoor position post-frost.

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