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PlantFiles: Plumeria
Plumeria rubra 'Puu Kahea'

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Family: Apocynaceae (a-pos-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Plumeria (ploo-MEER-ee-a) (Info)
Species: rubra (ROO-bruh) (Info)
Cultivar: Puu Kahea
Additional cultivar information: (aka O'Sullivan, Fiesta)
Hybridized by Exotic Plumeria; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1978

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Category:
Trees
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:
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)

Spacing:
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)

Hardiness:
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

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Red
Bright Yellow
White/Near White

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

Foliage:
Deciduous
Smooth-Textured
Shiny/Glossy-Textured
Veined
Leathery-Textured

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:

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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

‘Pu‘u Kahea’ (‘O’Sullivan’, ‘Fiesta’)

Flower brilliant yellow with strong red bands
Petal long, narrow, pointed tip, slightly overlapping; narrow strong red bands on front and back
Size four-and-one-quarter inches in diameter
Scent mild lemon fragrance
Stalk strong pink, smooth, pendent, loose flower clusters
Keeping quality good
Leaves light green with acute tips
Plant habit upright, dense branching; suitable for landscaping
Bearing habit April to November, moderate flower production
Parentage P. rubra f. rubra x P. r. f. acuminata
Remarks Flowers are novel for their wavy petals that resemble Vanda orchids and are most noticeable during summer and fall months.

Regional...

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

Phoenix, Arizona
Yuma, Arizona
Naples, Florida
Palm Coast, Florida
Pinellas Park, Florida
Plant City, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Haiku, Hawaii
Galveston, Texas



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