Native to savannah areas of Madagascar, Colvillea racemosa thrives in a xeriscape setting. The nitrogen-fixing tree produces orange cone-shaped flowers from summer to fall. They appear much later than other flowering flora. The autumn-like colors have been described as orange-colored velvet grapes. The foliage has a fern-like appearance with the pinnately compound leaves. However, the tree is bare of leaves in the winter months. The seed pods resemble another Madagascar native, Delonix regia. Introduced to Hawaiʻi in 1918 by Rock, this ornamental tree has stood the test of time and remains a well-behaved pono tree.
- Nitrogen fixer
- Toxic to animals and humans