Plumeria, Frangipani, Temple Tree, Pagoda Tree, Temple Flower 'Treasure Isle'

Plumeria rubra

Family: Apocynaceae (a-pos-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Plumeria (ploo-MEER-ee-a) (Info)
Species: rubra (ROO-bruh) (Info)
Cultivar: Treasure Isle
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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 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

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:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

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:


Phoenix, Arizona

Los Angeles, California

Moreno Valley, California

Oak View, California

San Diego, California

Dunnellon, Florida

Largo, Florida

Naples, Florida

Ocala, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Sorrento, Florida

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Galveston, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 7, 2011, maficmagma from Galveston, TX wrote:

This plant is awesome...but does not like sub-freezing temperatures AT ALL.
I had a plumeria in the ground in Galveston, Texas (Zone 9a?)
Anyrate, it's in a protected courtyard and did fine for MOST of the winter...but a single icy blast from the North killed this plant to the ground.
With some TLC, I've managed to revive a new green shoot springing from the original plant.
Definitely needs frost protection in areas where that is a possibility!


On Sep 5, 2010, jasmine4 from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

I have had a plumeria growing for about three years in Phoenix in a pot and think it may be time to put in slightly larger pot. I have only see it bloom once and flowers were white with yellow centers I believe.

My question is what kind of fertilizer to use to encourage booming and any soil conditioning needed when I repot? I let the plant go dormant in the winter for almost 3 months and it always surprises me when it comes back.

Thanks for any assistance. I have never posted a comment ? before and hope this was the appropriate place to do so.



On Feb 2, 2009, Noturf from Marquesas Islands
Polynesia (French) wrote:

I have propagated the pink variety from seeds. Yellow, white,
yellow/pink from stem cuttings.
In the tropics they are prone to rust.
Also attacked by beautiful green/black caterpillars that will
chew all leaves until tree is naked. No harm to the tree except
if lacking leaves, starving caterpillars chew on the tip of branches.

If that happens, branches are finished.
My favorite tree in the collection.


On Jul 11, 2007, Opoetree from Oak View, CA wrote:

I have wanted a plumeria ever since my family was in Hawaii 10 years ago. I bought one just last week from Lowe's. It is supposed to have yellow blooms. The tag on the pot called it a 'Hawaiian Temple Tree' plant. I will have to keep it indoors during the winter, as our temperatures can drop below freezing -- last year was particularly tough on plants as we had temperatures in the teens...that had been very rare in previous years. Right now, it looks like there are buds on the plant. I bought the plant a suitably tropical looking container. I am excitedly awaiting the blooms and hope that I can keep this tropical beauty alive and well for years to come.