Plumeria rubra var. acutifolia ('Celadine')http://www.shapedscape.com/media/reviews/photos/original/ac/c9/18/165-Plumeria-rubra-Frangipani-Nosegay-Spiraling-flowers-detail-in-Perth-Australia-Renesis-Shapedscape-Landscape-Architecture-Matters-34-1463520989.jpg
- Part shade
Plumeria is a small genus in the allamanda family (Apocynaceae), comprised of deciduous and evergreen tropical shrubs and small trees. There are almost 400 registered Plumerias.
The genus, originally spelled Plumeria, is named in honor of the 17th century French botanist Charles Plumier, who traveled to the New World documenting many plant species. The common name "frangipani" comes from a 16th century marquess of the noble family in Italy who invented a plumeria-scented perfume.
Plumeria rubra var. acutifolia synonym Plumeria rubra 'Celadine' can be found growing spontaneously in Central and South America, through Mexico and Venezuela.
Deciduous tree with spreading branches, broad round eliptical shape, sometimes candelabra-like crown. The trunk and branches are fleshy, gray-colored, smooth and have a distinctive roundness, which produce a white poisonous milky sap similar to that of Euphorbia. Leaves are green, large and eliptical, somewhat shiny, spirally arranged towards the top of the branches. The propeller-like sympetaleous flowers are white with yellow cores, found in panicle inflorescences.
Plumeria can be grown in frost free tropical and sub-tropical areas in full sun or light shade. It grows in almost any type of well-drained soil that can hold moisture. The amount of water required is strictly relacted to the amount on sun available. The more sun the more water needed to keep the soil damp, while less sun will require less water. The soil pH can range from slightly acidic 6.5 to slightly alkaline 7.5. It can be propagated from cuttings, tissue or seeds.
The flowers are edible and are most fragrant at night in order to lure pollinators.
The landscape architect or designers may find Plumeria to be a great choice for group or solitary planting design. It is often found in cemeteries, parks and gardens, on the streets and in containers.
The clusters of beautiful scented flowers come in a variety of colors ranging from white, cream, yellow, orange to red and pink, foliage variations are available as well. 'Dark Red' deep red flowers, 'Bridal White' creamy white flowers, center tinted yellow, long dark green leaves with red edges, 'Jeannie Moragne' pink with yellow-orange centered flowers.
Read more on the cultural traditions related to Plumeria on Wikipedia.