Port Jacksons willow

Acacia saligna
Port Jacksons willow: Acacia saligna Port Jacksons willow: Acacia saligna

Common name:

Port Jacksons willow

Scientific name:

Acacia saligna (Fabaceae)

Alternative common names:

Port Jackson; goudwilger (Afrikaans)

An evergreen tree, growing 3-7m high, with blue-green turning bright green leaves. Bright yellow, globe-shaped flowers bloom from August to November. Brown pods with hardened, whitish margins.

Additional Info

  • Where does this species come from?

    Australia

    What is its invasive status in South Africa?

    Existing legislation: CARA 2002 – Category 2 NEMBA – Category 1b

    Where in South Africa is it a problem?

    Western and Eastern Cape

    How does it spread?

    Seed dispersal

    Why is it a problem?

    Competes with and replaces indigenous species.

    What does it look like?

    General description: An evergreen tree, growing 3-7m high, with blue-green turning bright green leaves. Leaves: Blue-green turning bright green, up to 200mm long and 10-50mm wide. Flowers: Bright yellow globe-shaped flowerheads, flowering between August-November. Fruit/seeds: Brown pods with white, hardened margins.

    Does the plant have any uses?

    Cultivated for dune reclamation, provides fodder

    Plant me instead alternatives

    False olive (Buddleja saligna), Peltophorum africanum