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Plumeria rubra (Frangipani)

Frangipani, Jasmine Mango, Pagoda Tree, Red Nosegay Tree, Temple Flower, Temple Tree, West Indian Jasmine


Beloved by so many, Plumeria rubra (Frangipani) is a deciduous shrub or small tree of vase or umbrella shape with fleshy, succulent branches boasting highly fragrant, spiral-shaped, yellow-centered pink to red flowers, 4 in. across (10 cm). Blooming throughout most of the year in tropical areas, the blossoms are borne in terminal clusters at the branch tips. The flowers are sometimes followed by dry, brown, cylindrical, 5 in. long (12 cm) seed follicles containing winged seeds. Leathery, narrowly elliptic, dark green leaves, 8-16 in. (20-40 cm), are spirally arranged and clustered at the stem ends. In areas where temperatures drop below 50ºF (10ºC) during winter, the crown will lose its leaves for a short time displaying the coarse-textured, stubby branches. Frangipani 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.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society for its outstanding qualities
  • 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. 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 and glasshouse red spider mite.
  • Propagate by seed sown in containers at 18°C (64F) in spring. Take ripe cuttings of leafless stem tips in early spring. Allow these to dry thoroughly at the base before inserting them into the rooting medium.
  • Native from Mexico to Panama.
  • All parts of the plant including the latex sap are toxic.

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Requirements

Hardiness 10 – 12
Heat Zones 10 – 11
Climate Zones 12, 13, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Shrubs, 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 Plant of Merit, 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
Heat Zones 10 – 11
Climate Zones 12, 13, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Shrubs, 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 Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Drought
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden

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