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Plumeria obtusa 'Dwarf Deciduous'

Family: Apocynaceae (a-pos-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Plumeria (ploo-MEER-ee-a) (Info)
Species: obtusa (ob-TOO-suh) (Info)
Cultivar: Dwarf Deciduous

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 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:
White/Near White

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:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
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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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive twistedparrot On Jan 12, 2006, twistedparrot from Galveston Island, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:

Dwarf Deciduous is NOT "just another white." HUGE flowers with a fabulous, floral fragrance and ruffled edges, stiff, bright-green leaves and a blooming habit that lasts well into the fall make this plant deservedly one of the most sought-after collector varieties. It's a little difficult to find (partially because it's not easy to root and partially because it's one of the slower growers), but those of us who are lucky enough to have one wouldn't trade it for anything. If you can find one, snag it! You won't be sorry.

Important note: DD's leaves resemble those of Plumeria obtusa, which is evergreen, but DD is NOT an evergreen variety.


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

Newport Beach, California
Naples, Florida

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