Port Jacksons willow

Port Jacksons willow

Acacia saligna (Fabaceae)

Common Name:

Port Jacksons willow

Scientific Name:

Acacia saligna (Fabaceae)


Alternative common names:

Port Jackson; goudwilger (Afrikaans)

Description:

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 Information


Where does this species come from?

Australia

What is its invasive status in South Africa?

Existing legislation: CARA 2002 - Category 2 NEMBA 2020 - Category 1b

Where does this species come from?

Australia

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

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