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WHITE PLUMERIA
Plumeria obtusa

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Photo Locations: Kona and Oahu, Hawaii

General Notes

Utility Friendly Tree Utility friendly tree.

This small tree or large shrub is commonly used as an ornamental, and grown for its flowers, which are used in leis. The rounded distal ends of the leaves distinguish this species from the more widely grown P. rubra. Plumeria obtusa has a HPWRA (Hawai'i Pacific Weed Risk Assessment) score of -6 (Low Risk), and the Plant Pono link is: https://plantpono.org/pono-plants/plumeria-obtusa/.

Has fragrant Flower.

Native to Cuba, Hispaniola, Yucatan Peninsula.

Family: Apocynaceae

Additional Common Names

WHITE PLUMERIA, FRANGIPANI, SINGAPORE FRANGIPANI, PAGODA TREE, SINGAPORE GRAVEYARD FLOWER, BLUNT-NOSE FRANGIPANI

Tree Characteristics

Compact and Erect with a Low Canopy.

Rounded Shape.

Has Partly Deciduous foliage.

Height: 20 - 25 feet.

Width: 15 - 20 feet.

Growth Rate: 24 to 36 Inches per Year.

Leaves Oblong to Oblanceolate, Dark Green, Golden or Yellow or Orange, Partly Deciduous.

Flowers Showy. Fragrant White or Yellow. Flowers in Spring, Summer or Fall.

Few, Brown Capsule, Very Large (Over 3.00 inches), fruiting in Spring, Summer or Fall.

Bark Gray to Light Brown, Furrowed or Smooth.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate to Dense in Leaf.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate out of Leaf.

Litter Issue is Flowers, Dry Fruit and Leaves.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 24; H2.

USDA Hardiness Zones 10 - 12.

Exposure Full Sun.

Moist but Well Drained Soil.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Slightly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.

Salinity Tolerance is Moderate.

Seaside Tolerance is Low.

Pests & Disease Information

Susceptible to Spider Mites, Mealy Bugs, White Flies.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.

Irritant Health Hazard.

Special Uses & Values

Specimen, Container, Street Tree, Buffer Strip.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Plumeria obtusa Tree Record." 1995-2020. Aug 14, 2020.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/plumeria-obtusa >

This tree is not part of the SelecTree Nursery Connection. If you would like to see this tree listed, or know of a nursery that sells it, please contact us at ufei@calpoly.edu.