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PlantFiles: Plumeria
Plumeria rubra 'Hilo Beauty'

Family: Apocynaceae (a-pos-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Plumeria (ploo-MEER-ee-a) (Info)
Species: rubra (ROO-bruh) (Info)
Cultivar: Hilo Beauty
Hybridized by Exotic Plumeria; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1978

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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:

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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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive outdoorlover On Oct 2, 2014, outdoorlover from Enid, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

I love my 10 year old plumeria which I grew from a cutting we bought in Hawaii. It has moved several moves, plus it goes into and out of the garage every winter. It has gotten pretty top heavy and in strong winds, which is common in Oklahoma, it blows over. It has a tremendously sweet aroma to the clusters of blooms. It likes a lot of phosphate to bloom properly.

Neutral ExoticRainforest On Mar 8, 2010, ExoticRainforest from Siloam Springs, AR wrote:

Positive vossner On Aug 5, 2009, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Most reliable bloomer of all my dark red plumies.

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

‘Hilo Beauty’

Flower strong red with large, strong red center
Petal wide, elliptical, round tip, slightly overlapping; moderate reddish-brown bands on front and back; heavy texture
Size three-and-one-half to four inches in diameter
Scent slightly spicy, becoming stronger on storage
Stalk dark red, hairy, upright, tight flower clusters
Keeping quality as good as ‘Common Yellow’
Leaves green with red anthocyanin, acute tips
Plant habit upright, open branching; suitable for landscaping
Bearing habit March to September, moderate flower production
Parentage P. rubra f. rubra
Remarks This is the largest of the strong red plumerias. Since cuttings tend to rot easily, allow ends to dry and callus before planting in soil with good drainage.


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

San Diego, California
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Naples, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Enid, Oklahoma
Richmond, Texas

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