Saltcedar is a shrub or tree-like plant that invades riparian habitats, displacing native plants and using huge quantities of water.

Saltcedar branches have reddish brown bark,small flat leaves that resemble evergreens, and pink or white five-petaled flowers. The seeds are tiny and similar in size and color to pepper, and each seed has a pappus which allows it to float long distances in water or move in the wind.