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Nosegay, Frangipani, Plumeria 'Aztec Gold'

Plumeria rubra

Family: Apocynaceae (a-pos-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Plumeria (ploo-MEER-ee-a) (Info)
Species: rubra (ROO-bruh) (Info)
Cultivar: Aztec Gold
Additional cultivar information:(aka South Florida Gold, Key West Yellow)
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Tropicals and Tender Perennials


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 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



Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter







Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

By grafting

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


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

Lake Havasu City, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports)

Scottsdale, Arizona

Carlsbad, California

Lincoln, California

Westminster, California

Bradley, Florida

Brandon, Florida

Cocoa, Florida

Dunnellon, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida (2 reports)

Jacksonville, Florida (2 reports)

Melbourne, Florida

Naples, Florida

Orlando, Florida (2 reports)

Osprey, Florida

Plant City, Florida

Saint James City, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Zephyrhills, Florida

Norcross, Georgia

Indianapolis, Indiana

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Broaddus, Texas

Houston, Texas

Humble, Texas

St John, Virgin Islands

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 4, 2005, DawnRain from Bartow, FL wrote:

I love plumerias and have a number of them. So far Aztec is my favorite for scent. Sitting near it makes you want to go find a bowl of peaches and cream. The scent is delicious and the yellow/white blooms are super too!


On May 3, 2005, Clare_CA from Ventura,
United States (Zone 10b) wrote:

Aztec Gold has a reputation for having one of the best fragrances of all the plumeria flowers. It is distinguished from the others by its distinct scent of fresh peaches. Cuttings root easily, and it is a easy tree to grow.