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Atriplex halimus (Tree purslane)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
2m
Max height
3m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Atriplex halimus

Other names

Tree purslane, Sea orache, Shrubby orache, Sea orach, Saltbush

Genus

Atriplex Atriplex

Species

A. halimus - A. halimus is a mid-sized, bushy, evergreen shrub with grey-green ovate leaves. Its flowers, if procuded are very small and borne in terminal clusters.


Atriplex halimus is: Semi evergreen

Habit

Bushy

Flower

Insignificant or absent, White in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Propagation methods

Seed, Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Atriplex halimus (Tree purslane) will reach a height of 2m and a spread of 3m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Beds and borders, Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Foliage only, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean, Roof terrace, Salt tolerant, Wind-breaker

Cultivation

Grow in dry, poor to moderately fertile, well-drained soil in a sheltered, sunny site.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Atriplex halimus

Other names

Tree purslane, Sea orache, Shrubby orache, Sea orach, Saltbush

Genus

Atriplex Atriplex

Species

A. halimus - A. halimus is a mid-sized, bushy, evergreen shrub with grey-green ovate leaves. Its flowers, if procuded are very small and borne in terminal clusters.

Foliage

Semi evergreen

Habit

Bushy


Colour

Flower

Insignificant or absent, White in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green in All seasons

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Propagation methods

Seed, Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Atriplex halimus (Tree purslane) will reach a height of 2m and a spread of 3m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Beds and borders, Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Foliage only, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean, Roof terrace, Salt tolerant, Wind-breaker

Cultivation

Grow in dry, poor to moderately fertile, well-drained soil in a sheltered, sunny site.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Atriplex halimus (Tree purslane)

Common pest name

Beet leafhopper; Leafhopper; beet

Scientific pest name

Circulifer tenellus

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Pest of solanaceous crops; brassica and sugar beet; present in parts of the EU. Limited potential to establish in the UK; with some uncertainty. EU regulatory status is under review.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Atriplex halimus (Tree purslane)

Common pest name

Acorn disease; Citrus little leaf; Citrus stubborn disease; Little leaf of citrus; Stubborn disease of citrus

Scientific pest name

Spiroplasma citri

Type

Bacterium

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Bacterial pest affecting citrus and field vegetables now present in parts of the EU. Carrots are the main crop potentially at risk; but main vectors responsible for transmission are unlikely to establish in the UK. EU regulations should be updated to reflect extended host range. Industry may be interested in pursuing research to investigate impacts on field vegetables.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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