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FOR95: Chapter 6: Restoring the Hydrological Cycle in the Urban Forest Ecosystem

Figure 55. Salt Cedar has roots that can reach depths of 30 meters and individual trees can use 800 liters of water per day. Large stands of Salt Cedar can lower the ground water below the level that native vegetation can reach. They also adsorb salts from deeper soil layers and ground water and transport it to their leaves (see above photo). This salt increases the soil salinity above levels that many native plants can tolerate.