Plumeria (or Frangipani) Scientific Name: Plumeria spp. History/general species info: Plumerias have become very popular along the Upper Gulf Coast of Texas. They can grow as small trees to a height of 20 feet, but some dwarf cultivars are more suitable for growing in pots so they can be moved to a protected area in cold weather.
Characteristics:Plumerias have an open crown of 10 to 12 inches long large elliptical leaves that grow at the end of the branches. The stems are thick and easily broken, and the blooms are waxy, five-petaled, with somewhat overlapping lobes.
Native: No, adapted
Flower: Different cultivars and hybrids have various-colored fragrant flowers of white, yellow, pink and even red or bi-colored.
Planting / Care: Plant in a sandy well-drained soil that has been enriched with humus. Plumerias are very tolerant of salt spray and can be grown near the seashore. They may be planted in beds in a frost-free climate, are excellent container plants, and are easily propagated from cuttings. A white milky substance will ooze from the cut end - be sure to let the cutting dry for a few days to a week before planting it in slightly moist sand. Plumerias may be easily transplanted, as they do not have extensive root systems.