An exceptionally large willow tree was a landmark on the Yering flats during the late nineteenth century. Its origin is lost to history as the only records are reminiscences of a later period. They include that of John Dawson who wrote that a ships captain travelling through the area presented William Ryrie with a cutting taken from a willow on the grave of Napoleon. Several graves under the tree date from the mid-nineteenth century in the period before any local cemeteries were gazetted.  It is believed that the tree was blown down in a severe storm about 1902.