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Colvillea racemosa

Family: Caesalpiniaceae (ses-al-pin-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Colvillea (kol-VIL-lee-uh) (Info)
Species: racemosa (ray-see-MO-suh) (Info)

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

12 members have or want this plant for trade.


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)
30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Seed is poisonous if ingested
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction
Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling
Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Winter

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost
Scarify seed before sowing

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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5 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive FlaFlower On Sep 11, 2013, FlaFlower from Miami Dade, FL (Zone 11) wrote:

I love my tree, bloomed the second season I got it (This year) first year it took off great 4 foot growth first year but the second year slowed down considerable. Thank goodness, I almost thought it was going to be a weed like the Royal Poinciana, but its darling not near as big (In a monster type way) perfect for my yard because we butterfly garden, it fits in perfect, we always ad a good stream of visitors but we never had so many flutterbugs and hummingbirds until this tree bloomed, the visitors never stopped. We were enthralled!! I got my little tree off Ebay.

Positive Ed_Williams On Mar 26, 2013, Ed_Williams from Brisbane
Australia wrote:

Hi, long time reader first time commenter, I'm the Supervisor at The City Botanic Gardens in Brisbane, we have several mature and some 5-8 year old young specimens. They flower brilliantly here, sometimes twice a year, seems to coincide with higher rainfall stats. Parrots and bees love them and photographers can't stop clicking away at them.

Positive geobar On Oct 6, 2008, geobar from Tortuga
Trinidad and Tobago wrote:

However, I was surprised to see it as requiring continuous watering.
C. racemosa is a native of Madagascar and I understand grows in a similar environment to the other well known natives, Delonix regia and D. decaryi, which are from semi-arid environments.
I have never seen one flowering in my country, Trinidad and Tobago, as I believe rainfall is too high (about 2000mm yearly).
I have four plants that I grew from seeds sent to me from a kind lady in Germany (surprising?) in exchange for some seeds of the "Bootlace tree" - Eperua falcata - a native of Guyana, which grows very well in our national Botanic Gardens in Port of Spain. My Colvilleas are only 3 years old and are in pots until later this year.
George de Verteuil, Trinidad,

Positive einaudi On Dec 30, 2007, einaudi from Hana, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

I first saw Colvillea racemosa at Hotel Hana-Maui (Hawaii), leaf-less, and looking like a massive, upright version of Delonix regia. Seedlings, sprouted 15 days after soaking in hot water, were planted-out 10 months later. This is a fast-growing tree when young.

Positive popper1 On Oct 17, 2007, popper1 from Lakeland, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

Another great subfamily Caesalpiniaceae, family Fabaceae tree. Foliage is beautiful, twice pinnate leaves with numerous small leaflets. Looks very similar to Delonix regia when not in bloom, leaves are not quite as bright green as D regia. Tree does not get the incredible spread of canopy that the Delonix gets either.
Flowers are very different. the clustered Inflorescences are foot or more long, with grape-like clusters of round bright orange/red flower buds. These open from the top down, spilling out long yellow/orange stamens, giving a feathery look to the flowers. Amazing site when a tree is in full bloom.
Blooms late summer to fall. Full sun & water. Briefly looses leaves in winter. Fast growing.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Coto De Caza, California
Fullerton, California
Vista, California
Homestead, Florida
Leesburg, Florida
Mulberry, Florida
Port Charlotte, Florida
Titusville, Florida
Venice, Florida
Hana, Hawaii

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