Port Jackson Willow Acacia saligna
A member of the Fabaceae family originating from southwest Australia, this tree/shrub has a short trunk and a weeping habit. It grows up to eight metres tall. Like many acacia species, it has phyllodes rather than true leaves, which can grow up to 25cm in length. At the base of each phyllode is a nectar gland, which secretes a sugary fluid. This attracts ants which are responsible for distributing the seeds for further germination. The fruit is a legume, while the seed is oblong and dark black in colour. Acacia saligna has yellow flowers that appear between August and November.