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Plumeria alba (West Indian Jasmine)

White Frangipani, West Indian Jasmine, Nosegay


Plumeria alba (West Indian Jasmine) is a small rounded tree boasting sweetly fragrant white flowers, 3 in. across (7 cm), adorned with yellow throats. Blooming from spring to fall, the blossoms are borne in bouquet-like clusters at the branch tips. Leathery, oblong, dark green leaves, 12 in. long (30 cm), are clustered near the tips of the thick, fleshy, succulent branches. Plumeria alba is deciduous and loses its leaves during winter or the dry season. It works well as a freestanding specimen, a patio tree, or as part of a mid shrub border. The wonderfully scented flowers are often made into leis or worn in the hair.

  • Typically grows up to 15-25 ft. tall and wide (450-750 cm)
  • Performs best in full sun in richdry to medium moisture, well-drained soils. Tolerates some light shade. Water moderately when in growth, but keep almost dry during the winter months. Drought tolerant.
  • Hardy to Zones 10-12, Frangipani is very susceptible to freezing temperatures and may be grown in containers in cooler areas to be brought indoors.
  • Perfect addition to beds and borders, Mediterranean Gardens. Great in decorative containers.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Keep an eye out for rot in soils with poor drainage, scale, mealybugs, thrips, whiteflies and nematodes.
  • Easily propagated from stem cuttings.
  • Native to Puerto Rico, Lesser Antilles.
  • The milky latex sap is poisonous and can irritate the skin.

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Requirements

Hardiness 10 – 12
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Plumeria - Frangipanis
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 15' – 25' (4.5m – 7.5m)
Spread 15' – 25' (4.5m – 7.5m)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Drought
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 10 – 12
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Plumeria - Frangipanis
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 15' – 25' (4.5m – 7.5m)
Spread 15' – 25' (4.5m – 7.5m)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Drought
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden

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