Plumeria obtusa (Plumeria, Pagoda Tree, White Frangipani)

Pagoda Trees are small tropical trees with long-lasting, fragrant blooms. These tolerate warm conditions, including
drought, and some neglect. Plumeria rust, root rot, and mealybugs, however, pose considerable threats to overall health.

Plumeria obtusa (Plumeria, Pagoda Tree, White Frangipani)
Deciduous: Significant leaf drop occurs in colder regions, although evergreen in tropical regions.
Hardiness Zones: 10-12
Height: 3-8 meters (10-25 feet) tall
Diameter: 3-8 meters (10-25 feet) across
Growth Rate: 12-24 inches (30-60 centimeters) annually
Age: supposedly persist to 100 years old or longer
Root System: slow-spreading, fibrous,
Family: Apocynaceae
Subspecies: none

Tolerates: drought, extreme heat, neglect
Problems (major): root rot, mealybugs, plumeria rust
Problems (minor): scale, thrips, whiteflies, nematodes
Poisonous: The resin is supposedly toxic.

Soil requirements: prefer nutrient-rich, somewhat dry, well-drained soils
Air requirements: fairly tolerant of urban pollution
Watering requirement: low (dry) to moderate, treat like a succulent or cactus when young
Sun requirement: full sun required, tolerates occasional light shade

Leaf shape: narrow, ovate, dark green, blunt
Leaf size: to 8 inches (20 centimeters) long
Flower structure: 5 petals, to 2 inches (5 centimeters) in diameter, yellow center with white margins, extremely fragrant
Flowering frequency: heaviest in summer, occur spring to autumn
Fruit: seed pods to 5 inches in diameter
Subterranean storage organ: only roots
Monocot/Dicot: dicot
Annual/Biennial/Perennial: perennial

Notable characteristics:
The flowers are very pretty and smell exceptionally good.

The flowers are often used for decoration or in perfumes in tropical regions. These arborescent plants are grown mostly as

Sources used:

Foliage and flowers

Lamina and petioles

Flowers and foliage

Trunk with Spanish Mosh hanging on the branches


All of the images provided were taken by me at the Southern Illinois University Carbondale Plant Biology Greenhouse. This particular specimen was taken as a cutting back on September 11, 2001 and has been developing for the past (almost) 14 years. They may be used for educational/informational purposes only, provided that
this article/online journal is appropriately cited first.


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