Plumeria (Plumeria rubra) in the Plumerias Database

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Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Plant Height: 15-20 ft.
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Other: Plumeria rubra can be any color from white to darkest red.
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Flowering Tree
Propagation: Seeds: Will not come true from seed
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Other: Grafting
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots


Plumeria - the Underrated SpeciesPlumeria - the Underrated Species
August 19, 2014

It is almost irresistible to wallow in the beauty of the many cultivars of Plumeria rubra. The colors, sizes, and shapes of the blooms vary enormously and make it very tempting to try to collect them "all" (ask me how I know!) There are a number of Plumeria species that are underrated, however, and yet they have so much to offer.

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Posted by Dutchlady1 (Sunny Naples, Florida - Zone 10a) on Feb 1, 2015 7:00 AM

The blooms of Plumeria rubra are extremely fragrant, but interestingly each variety or cultivar has a unique scent. This can range from fruity, to sweet floral, to intense gardenia-like. Occasionally a variety will have a less than pleasant odor, but most Plumeria blooms are delightfully scented. Some of the most fragrant varieties are 'Vera Cruz Rose' (rose-like scent), 'Mary Helen Eggenberger' (smells like sour candy), Makaha Sunn (strong floral fragrance, one of the best!) and Aztec Gold (smells of ripe peaches).

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Posted by plantladylin (Florida Zone 9b, 10a) on Oct 21, 2011 5:40 PM

Plumeria rubra is a spreading shrub or small tree that can reach 20' to 25' in height and width. It has a thick trunk, large green leaves, and fragrant flowers. Plumeria rubra is widely cultivated in tropical and subtropical areas around the world. The broken branches of Plumeria ooze a white milky sap that can cause contact dermatitis as well as eye irritation in some individuals, so care should be taken when pruning or coming into contact with broken branches.

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