The tree itself is rather unusual in appearance; the 12 to 20 inch-long, coarse, deciduous leaves cluster only at the tips of the rough, blunt, sausage-like, thick, grey-green branches. Branches are upright and rather crowded on the trunk forming a vase or umbrella shape with age. They are rather soft and brittle and can break but are usually sturdy unless they are mechanically hit or disturbed. The crown loses its leaves for a short time during the winter displaying the coarse-textured, stubby branches. A milky sap is exuded from the branches when they are bruised .
Plumerias are tropical trees famous for their gorgeous flowers which are used to make leis (floral garlands). In regions with cold winters, plumerias can be grown in containers and brought indoors when the weather cools in autumn. Other common names are frangipani and Hawaiian lei flower. Plumeria trees bloom in a variety of different colors.
A milky sap is exuded from the branches when they are bruised. The crown loses its leaves for a short time during the winter displaying the coarse-textured, stubby branches
PLANTING AND CARE
Dig a hole twice the size of the root ball.
Place a small handful of E.B.
Stone Blood Meal in the bottom of the hole and incorporate into the soil.
Make sure the top of the original root ball is one inch above surrounding soil.
CARING FOR PLUMERIA
Plumerias require at least 1 inch of rain (or equivalent watering) each week.
More water may be required for plumerias growing in containers, but don t overwater or the trunks will rot.
Feed plants twice a month during the growing season with a high phosphorous fertilizer.
Plumerias normally require little pruning, but any shaping should be done in spring.
Plumerias are sensitive to cold and should be protected when temperatures dip into the 40Fs.
Check periodically for pests such as spider mites, white flies, and mealybugs.