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Port Jacksons willow
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.
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