Plumeria pudica a “evergreen” plumeria known as White Frangipani. The most commonly known species of frangipani trees in South Florida lose their leaves in the winter time, the P. pudica, does not. The White Frangipani is a large shrub or small tree that grows to about 15 feet. In South Florida, you can expect flowers at least 9 to 10 months of the year and if we have a very mild winter, it might bloom year-round. Younger plants will shed leaves during the winter months but as it matures it should retain the leaves year-round. The photographs below were taken on July 23, 2013 in SW Fort Lauderdale.
Plumerias are easy to grow, requiring little care but do need the right amount of sun and water to flower. You can start a new plant by cutting off a branch tip, letting it dry out and then planting in well-drain soil. I’ve heard February is the best time to do this in South Florida. For more information on growing Plumeria trees see http://www.gardenguides.com/69050-grow-plumeria.html .
In Hawaii, plumeria flowers are used to make the traditional leis.
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