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PlantFiles: Frangipani, Plumeria
Plumeria alba

Family: Apocynaceae (a-pos-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Plumeria (ploo-MEER-ee-a) (Info)
Species: alba (AL-ba) (Info)

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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:
White/Near White

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:

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 HolyChickin On Jun 10, 2010, HolyChickin from Fort Lauderdale, FL wrote:

No matter if you call it Frangi Pangi, Plumeria; this tree is absolutely breathtaking! And the flowers smell SOOOOOO yummy! If I could, I would walk around with them pasted to my face!

They don't get very large but completely make up for it in how pretty they are! I saw one well taken care of (it had some age so it's owner definitely loved it) some years back and fell head over heels. It looked like an umbrella with perfect little all white flowers. It really made me feel like I was in paradise.

About 3 years ago, I was in a local nursery with my Mom and we found several 'sticks in pots' marked Plumeria. I knew EXACTLY what it was and talked my Mom into planting it in her front yard. She used to have a tree in the same place that was taken out by Hurricane Wilma and was looking for something to replace it. Since it is a smaller tree, she won't have to worry about it taking out the house if it falls in a hurricane. This of course won my argument. We were warned by the nursery not to water it a whole bunch. Since we do get a lot of rain around here, it has pretty much been maintenance free. The nursery wasn't sure which color it was so we planted it in the ground and waited for the Spring.

Once Spring arrived, very pretty white flowers with a yellow heart appeared. Of course my Mom was extatic because yellow is one of her favorite colors. The tree is still going strong to this day! I went for a vist a few weeks ago and it was blooming beautifully! She is very happy with it as it doesn't take up the entire yard but still gives some shade to the front.

Unfortunately, it is VERY sensitive to colder weather... thankfully, we don't get very much of it here. This last winter though was pretty cold... it of course lost all of it's leaves but as soon as the cold passed, it bounced back as if nothing happened. I am sure though if it was a little colder for a longer period of time, it wouldn't have been good at all.

It also, sometimes tends to get blackspot... when it does though, it looses all it's leaves and after a few weeks, it's sprouts more. I am sure with regular treatments, it probably wouldn't get anything at all.

I probably could lop off a branch to start my own but, I recently placed an order for seeds from Thailand in colors I have never seen locally before. Since I know the Plumeria is pretty successful here, I am going to give it a shot! With any luck, I'll be the the only person within a several mile radius with an ORANGE Frangi Pangi!


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

Brentwood, California
San Diego, California
Clearwater, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Mulberry, Florida
Palm Bay, Florida
Windermere, Florida
Vieques, Puerto Rico

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