Plumeria pudica Jacq.
Bridal Bouquet, Wild Plumeria, White Frangipani, Fiddle Leaf Plumeria, Hammer Leaf Frangipani, Everlasting Love
Plumeria caracasana, Plumeria cochleata
Bloom Time: Spring to fall
Plumeria pudica is a very fast-growing, evergreen shrub that usually has one or two slender trunks that branch close to the ground forming a dense slightly spreading crown. The leaves are dark green and unique fiddle-shaped or spoon-shaped. Large clusters of bright white, up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) wide flowers with small, yellow centers cover this tree as a beautiful bouquet. The flowers are not fragrant.
USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Although you don't have to live in the tropics to grow Plumeria in the home garden, you should be aware of its growing requirements beforehand.
Often grown in the garden as an ornamental shrub or small tree, Plumerias need to be grown in well-draining soil that is slightly acidic. They also need at least 6 hours of full sun.
While the plants are fairly tolerant of both salt and windy conditions, they are not tolerant of cold and must be protected. Therefore, they should be container grown in colder regions. In areas that may be warm most of the time but still fairly prone to cold winters, the plant can be dug up and overwintered indoors. Alternatively, you can sink container-grown Plumerias in the ground, bringing them indoors once the temperatures begin to drop in fall. Once warmer temps return in spring, you can return the plants back outdoors.
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