2012-06-04_141052Plumerias are exotic, fragrant plants also known as frangipani. Plumeria is a genus of flowering plants in the dogbane family, Apocynaceae.  The flowers are native to Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America as far south as Brazil but can be grown in tropical and sub-tropical regions. 

Plumerias are relatively small trees, but what they lack in height they make up in width often becoming as wide as they are tall. They have a well-behaved root system which makes them great for the home garden and for growing in pots. Frangipanis are also great survivors coping with drought, heat, neglect and insect attack. They are also deciduous, losing there leaves in the winter months. Frangipani flowers appear in clusters, also at the end of the branches, and are distinctively scented.

With its gnarled branches, long leaves and distinctive flowers, the frangipani is easily one of the most common and identifiable trees. The bark is grey/green and scaly in appearance. The scaling is formed when leaves drop in winter leaving small semi-circular marks on the bark.

 

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