CURIOSITIES Nicholas Culpeper, an English Herbalist believed that the tree was from Spain because it is generally thought that the word tamarisk comes from the name of a Spanish river, the Tamaris. The tamarisk trees are unusual in that they produce a substance called manna, although there is some debate as to whether this is produced by the tree in response to attacks by insects, or whether the sticky sweet substance is produced by the insects. Some say the tree is the source of the Bible (Exodus) were sent by God. However this is strongly refuted by many clerics. USES The tamarisk is used as an ornamental shrub. The wood may be used for carpentry or firewood. It is used in basket making.