|Aztec Gold Plumeria|
|Miami Pink Plumeria|
Plumerias are unabashedly gaudy and fragrant. There are some color varieties from Thailand with blue spots, color streaks, and even 4 colors in one flower. The flowers frequently smell like coconut oil or buttercream-jasmine, or boudoir talc, or even cinnamon. The plants grow in all day sunlight, with little need for water or fertilizer, yet these trees are remarkably rarer than they should be. Why, then, do we not see streets lined with plumerias ? There are several reasons for their perceived lack of merit.
Plumerias seasonally drop their leaves, which seems to offend people most grievously. I hear the same complaint about many flowering trees: "it looks dead !" Yet this is only an intermission in the tree's flowering cycle, preceding the grand finale of a burst of flowers. So many people see only the leafless state, and forget what happens next. Many nurseries don't stock plumerias because they are un-sellable when leafless, and the branches are a bit brittle. Nurseries don't grow them very often from seed since it takes years for the plants to flower; plants are usually propagated from branch cuttings, which root easily in sandy soil.
|Dwarf Singapore Pink Plumeria|
|Singapore White Plumeria|