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COLVILLE'S GLORY
Colvillea racemosa

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Photo Locations: Foster Botanical Garden - Honolulu, HI and

General Notes

Colville's Glory is related to the royal poinciana (Delonix regia) and its fern-like leaves look somewhat similar (bipinnately compound). The form of this plant is also more upright as opposed to the spreading royal poinciana. The species thrives in dry areas, and is very showy in bloom, usually in late summer to fall (one of the few trees to bloom in October in Hawai'i). It’s native to the west coast of Madagascar, where it is listed as endangered. Colvillea racemosa has a HPWRA (Hawai'i Pacific Weed Risk Assessment) score of -8 (Low Risk), and the Plant Pono link is: https://plantpono.org/pono-plants/colvillea-racemosa/

Native to Madagascar.

Family: Fabaceae

Additional Common Names

COLVILLE'S GLORY, COLVILLEA

Tree Characteristics

Erect or Spreading with a High Canopy.

Rounded Shape.

Has Partly Deciduous foliage.

Height: 30 - 50 feet.

Width: 40 feet.

Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.

Leaves Bipinnately Compound, Green, No Change, Partly Deciduous.

Flowers Showy. Orange or Red. Flowers in Fall or Winter. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).

Few, Light Brown Legume, Very Large (Over 3.00 inches), fruiting in Winter or Spring.

Bark Pink, Coppery, Brown, Scaly or Smooth.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.

Litter Issue is Flowers and Leaves.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones H1, H2.

USDA Hardiness Zones 10 - 12.

Exposure Full Sun.

Moist to Dry and Well Drained Soil.

Loam or Sand Texture.

Slightly Acidic to Neutral Soil pH.

Salinity Tolerance is Low.

Seaside Tolerance is Low.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

None Known Health Hazard.

Desirable Wildlife Plant.

Attracts Birds and Bees.

Special Uses & Values

Street Tree, Flowering Tree, Xerophytic.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Colvillea racemosa Tree Record." 1995-2020. Aug 14, 2020.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/colvillea-racemosa >

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