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:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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 W... read more