Colville’s Glory is a tropical flowering tree that bears spectacular clusters of bright orange flowers at the ends of its branches. It is named after Sir Charles Colville, who discovered it in Madagascar. It is a rare and beautiful tree with an upright form, a straight trunk, smooth, brown bark and large, mid-green, fern-like leaves. The flowers are in cylindrical clusters about a foot long that hang down from the twigs. It has a fast growth rate and can reach 30 to 50 feet tall. Colville’s Glory is very showy when in bloom. It is grown as an ornamental, flowering and specimen tree in warm regions around the world. It is native to the western coast of Madagascar. Hardy in zones 9-12.
Growing Instructions for Colville’s Glory
The seeds have a hard seed coat that has to be treated, or scarified, in order for water to enter the seeds so that they can sprout. 1. Scarify the seeds by nicking or sanding the seed coat. The seeds can be sanded with sandpaper, a nail file or an emery board. 2. Soak the seed in water for several hours. 3. The seeds like moist, well-drained soil. Prepare a mixture of half potting soil and half sand, perlite or vermiculite. Put the soil in a pot. Water the mixture so that it is moist but not wet. 4. Put the seeds on the soil. 5. Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil. 6. Water the seeds. 7. Place the pots in an area with warm temperatures in full sun or part shade. 8. When the seedlings are a few inches tall, they can be transplanted.