Golden Wreath Wattle
Orange Wattle, Coojong, Port Jackson Wattle, Port Jackson-Willow, Western Australian Golden Wattle, Blue-Leaf Wattle, Golden-Wreath Wattle, Silver Wattle, Weeping Wattle, Willow Wattle
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Port Jackon was brought into South Africa in the nineteenth century to produce tan bark and to stabilise the sands of the Cape Flats, it proliferated at an uncontrollable rate and is now a large problem threatening indigenous species in the Western and Eastern Cape. Acacia saligna grows as a small, dense, spreading tree with a short trunk and a weeping habit, when in flower the whole tree is covered with bright yellow flowers.
Quick growing make the wood useful for garden support structures. Cut down and clear the leaves to support tomatoes, beans and peas.
Produces large amounts of seeds in pods that selfseed and spread quickly.
Attracts useful insects
Bees are attracted to the flowers.
Once established the tree can go for long periods without water.
Australia, South Western region
Soil PH preference
Acacia saligna can be used for multiple purposes, as it grows under a wide range of soil conditions into a woody shrub or tree. It has been used for tanning, revegetation, animal fodder, mine site rehabilitation, firewood, mulch, agroforestry and as a decorative plant.
Generally problem free due to the ants that live off the nectar and keep other insects away.