The item offered for sale here is a rare tree around 2 + metres in a 45 litre grow bag. Can be freighted for extra cost.
Colvillea racemosa is a species of legume in the Fabaceae family. It is also known by the common name Colville’s Glory. Its genus is named for Sir Charles Colville, an ex Governor of Mauritius The tree is particularly known for its bright orange flowers that grow in large cone or cylinder shaped clusters.
After flowering, the tree produces long, flat, woody seed pods. The tree has small deep green leaves, superficially similar to Delonix regia.
Colvillea racemosa is a deciduous tree with an open, elongate crown and irregularly spreading or pendulous branches. It usually grows up to 20 metres tall but occasional specimens can be up to 30 metres. The bole is usually straight and cylindrical, but sometimes slightly sinuous. It can be up to 100cm in diameter.
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use of its wood. It is suitable for reforestation projects and is often planted as an ornamental because of its bright orange flowers and delicate foliage
Plants can tolerate light frosts.
Grows best in a sunny position
Established plants are drought tolerant.
Young trees grow fairly rapidly. A mean annual bole diameter increment of 7 – 14mm has been reached during the first 10 years after planting
The wood is yellowish white to greyish yellow. The grain is straight, texture coarse. The wood is soft and moderately light in weight. The veneering properties are satisfactory. The wood is not durable, but fairly easy to impregnate with preservatives.
he wood is used for posts, carpentry, shuttering, fences and veneer. It is suitable for light joinery, interior trim, furniture, boxes and crates. The boles are used to make dug-out canoes.
Seed – it has a hard seedcoat and, unless sown when fresh and still moist, may benefit from scarification before sowing to speed up germination. This can usually be done by pouring a small amount of nearly boiling water on the seeds (being careful not to cook them!) and then soaking them for 12 – 24 hours in warm water. By this time they should have imbibed moisture and swollen – if they have not, then carefully make a nick in the seedcoat (being careful not to damage the embryo) and soak for a further 12 hours before sowing. When seedlings are raised in the nursery, they can be planted into the field after 6 – 12 months when they are 50 – 100cm tall.
The tree is native to Madagascar, although it is now widely grown as an ornamental plant in Australia and North America. In its native range, the tree primarily grows in lowland forest and savannah areas.
The species is listed as “Least Concern” on the IUCN red list.
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