The Wonders of the Tamarix Trees at Marcelia 

Our connection with nature is our priority and we have the utmost respect for the Siwa’s environment. On the Marcelia land, there are quite a few, old Tamarix trees. In line with our goal, we do not cut them, preserve them and make sure to work around them at all times.

Tamarix Trees in Egypt

The Tamarix Trees in Egypt are uniquely adapted to the generally hot and dry climate. While some Tamarix trees grow near the Nile Valley, others have developed unique strategies for growing inland and conserving water. As such, some plants have a more waxy coating on their leaves whilst others have long roots that reach the water in the ground.

The Cycle of Tamarix Trees

What makes these trees unique is that these trees are super resistant and have a relatively quick cycle. When it rains they can sprout, bloom & spread in a very short period of time. Then, when it stops raining, the seeds can lie in the sand for weeks, sometimes years, until it starts raining again.  

Species of Tamarix Trees

There are several species of Tamarix plants. Some say around 50-60 species in total. The most common species at Marcelia Farm is the Tamarix Aphylla. The small leaves and small branches give it a pine-like appearance. The plants grow beautiful pink or white flowers and can grow up to 18 meters.

A Natural Windbreak

As the Tamarix Aphylla can grow up to 18 meters, it serves as an amazing natural windbreak and shade tree. This is a great advantage in the often so windy desert. Alongside being a great windbreaker, it is a great fire barrier. The wood of the Tamarix is incredibly difficult to burn and in case it does manage to catch fire, it will often regrow quite quickly.

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