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R. W. Smith
Native of the northeastern Mediterranean area, but one of the commonest cultivated species of the genus in North America and occasionally escaped. First collected in 1957 in Isabella Co.
Several species of these shrubs or small trees are cultivated, and this is one of the easiest to recognize in a difficult genus; it is our only introduced one with the sepals, petals, and stamens each 4 (rather than 5). The flowers are pink and appear in late spring in numerous compact racemes on the wood of previous years. Most other cultivated species flower on new wood in summer. The leaves are tiny and scale-like, appearing with or after the flowers. Many species (not T. parviflora) are halophytes and thrive in deserts (especially in Mediterranean regions) or in sites subject to salt spray.