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Plumeria rubra 'Dean Conklin'

Family: Apocynaceae (a-pos-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Plumeria (ploo-MEER-ee-a) (Info)
Species: rubra (ROO-bruh) (Info)
Cultivar: Dean Conklin

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials


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:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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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

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Clare_CA On Dec 8, 2005, Clare_CA from (Zone 10b) wrote:

From the publication:

Plumeria in Hawaii

By Richard A. Criley
Department of Plant and Soil Sciences
College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
University of Hawaii at Manoa
January, 2005

Dean Conklin

Flower basically salmon-colored with large, moderate orange center, reddish margin, and light pink tip; moderate red outer band on back, blending to light pink inner band
Petal wide, long, somewhat elliptical, round tip, twisted, slightly overlapping; corolla tube about 1 inch long; medium texture
Size three-and-a-half to four-and-a-half inches in diameter
Scent faint, spicy carnation scent
Stalk reddish, pedicels about one-inch long, upright, open flower clusters
Keeping quality medium, probably not a good lei type
Leaves medium green
Shape tips acuminate, recurved
Size blade 1516 inches by 4 inches at greatest width, petiole 3 inches
Plant habit large, vigorous plant, heavy branching; suitable for landscaping
Bearing habit late March to November, heavy flower production
Parentage P. rubra f. acuminata hybrid of unknown origin Source UH selection from Donald Angus collection
Remarks Named for the late Dean Conklin, plant enthusiast and member, Board of Directors for Friends of Foster Garden. Released by CTAHR for the 1977 dedication of the Dean Conklin Plumeria Grove in Koko Crater Botanic Garden.


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

Carlsbad, California
Naples, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida

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