Singapore Plumeria

Plumeria obtusa

Family: Apocynaceae (a-pos-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Plumeria (ploo-MEER-ee-a) (Info)
Species: obtusa (ob-TOO-suh) (Info)
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Tropicals and Tender Perennials


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)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 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


Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Blooms all year







Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

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:

Phoenix, Arizona (4 reports)

Burbank, California

Fillmore, California

Hayward, California

Los Angeles, California

San Diego, California

Cocoa, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Largo, Florida

Lehigh Acres, Florida

Melbourne, Florida

Melbourne Beach, Florida

Miami, Florida (2 reports)

Palmetto, Florida

Honomu, Hawaii

Kurtistown, Hawaii

Lahaina, Hawaii

Broaddus, Texas

Canyon Lake, Texas

Deer Park, Texas

Houston, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 8, 2014, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

In March 2014 I ordered a cutting of P.obtusa. It came and was a nice 14-15" hunk. I planted in potting soils with 60% perlite. But being it was still March I felt like it needed some help even I bought a heating mat to put under the cutting. As of mid April,I see new leaves juuuuust moving. I will update as I often try to do on DG.
btw,Whats said about the plant that I hope is true, is that Plumeria obtusa is a much better potted Plumeria plant then P.rubra. We will see.

ADDED: Its now mid June of 2014,and its still unfolding...the stem has rooted as the plant has filled in the wrinkles it developed as a bare cutting. Glossy stem tip. Pretty much even with a Royal Hawaiian P.rubra cutting started at the exact same day. Both are outside in pots in full s... read more


On Feb 23, 2014, homespie01 from Corpus Christi, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Has anyone grown this in-ground in or near Corpus Christi, TX?


On Jun 11, 2011, greenthumb61 from Phoenix, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:


On Apr 28, 2011, Lakehoney from Gun Barrel City, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Does anyone know how to cause this plant to branch out?


On Jun 7, 2008, Tetrazygia from Miami, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

Plumeria obtusa is native to much of the Caribbean and sometimes also listed as native to parts of extreme South Florida (Monroe and Collier counties), although in general it is considered naturalized here.

Like P. pudica, P. obtusa is evergreen in South Florida and looks nice all year round. The white flowers are very fragrant and trees regularly set seed. Plants are very easy to care for if kept in well draining soil, and generally do not benefit from any supplemental water here. Plumerias planted in swales or in moist areas fail to thrive and are prone to rot.


On Aug 5, 2007, Barrymiami from Miami, FL wrote:

Bought it at Home Depot about four years ago. In full sun with southern exposure. In bloom most of the year.
Use good grade time release palm fertilizer three times
a year, soaker hose. Very lush; will probably trim in back
a litte and use trimmed branches to try to start new plants.
We live in south Miami Dade County, Florida


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


Flower white with small, brilliant yellow center; no pink or red bands on front or back
Petal wide, round tip, no overlapping; no color bands; moderate texture
Size three-and-one-half inches in diameter
Scent strong lemon fragrance
Stalk green, smooth except for corky lenticels, upright, tight flower clusters
Keeping quality poor
Leaves dark green, glossy, with obtuse tips; venation ra... read more


On Jun 19, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This plumeria actually does well in zone 10a in southern California, and I have had one in zone 9b for 5 years with minimal (but always some) cold damage. I personally have found this species is actually MORE cold tolerant than the more commonly planted P rubra. It does sort of become deciduous at this extreme of its climate range, and it prone to rot if you're not careful... slower grower than P rubra, the more common species out here in So Cal. Flowering is far less frequent, as well. This plant tends to do well for very long time kept in a pot, which is not necessarily the case with most Plumeria rubra varieties.

You can tell if from P rubra in that it is NOT deciduous (normally) and the leaves are more deeply divided with prominent veins that run nearly perpendicular... read more


On Apr 18, 2004, DaraMV wrote:

The Singapore Plumeria, Plumeria obtusa, is evergreen though it is a little less cold tolerant than other plumerias. Flowers come only in white with a little yellow center. Much more fragrant that other plumeria varieties. It is my favorite plumeria.