Growing in a dense forest isn’t easy with so many different species of foliage fighting for sunlight, and insects looking for a meal. The Bullhorn Acacia tree lacks the alkaline for it to ward off insects or other competition. So, how is it then able to survive in the lush forests of Central America and Mexico?

Only with the aid of the resident ants, has not only ensured the acacia’s survival, but also it’s ability to thrive. Nearby vines use the trees height as a crutch to reach the canopies for sunlight, and local insects take advantage of the tree’s non-toxic leaves for sustenance. The tree’s army of ants will attack vines, insects and even humans that come into contact with the tree. In return, the tree provides not only a home for the ants, but also food in the form of nectar that it excretes. For the ant larvae, the tree grows nutritious pods that will encourage the infant’s growth. The relationship between these two different species is one of a symbiotic relationship or mutualism. In these types of relationships, both benefit from the other. Now how does this relate to the business world of the concrete jungles?

Day in and day out, business occurs between many different industries. There are the companies that provide a product or service and there are the clients that provide the agreed equal monies. Hypothetically, companies and clients can be labeled as different species. Many relationships between companies and clients are only transactional. Once the product transfers hands or service is completed, the transaction is complete. Often times, there aren’t any additional transactions between the two. While some businesses follow this model of transaction-based interactions, a symbiotic relationship (like one of the acacia tree and the ants) that is built between the company and client has longevity.

Jordan Roof LA thrives on the symbiotic relationships we create with our many partners. Keeping our ongoing relationships strong, takes work that we do not shy from. We enjoy building these types of associations; to not only keep our company thriving, but also to have the ability to form more connections with referrals. Many lessons can be taught from observing nature. The bond between the Bullhorn Acacia tree and the “acacia” ants is one that we can learn from.

Acacia tree and ants