tamarisk

tamarisk

A tree or shrub of the genus Tamarix. Tolerating sandy and even saline soils, this drought-resistant tree grows in deserts as well as in watered places, near streams and marshes. It is an evergreen with tiny, jointed, gray-green, needlelike leaves, which give it a feathery appearance. It provides year-round food for goats. Its wood is used for construction and is a good source of charcoal. Its common occurrence in desolate places makes tamarisk an ideal shade tree and a revered spot for burials (1Sam 31:13).

1Sam 31:13

13Then they took their bones and buried them under the tamarisk tree in Jabesh, and fasted seven days.

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