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Plumeria alba

 
Plumeria alba
The rooted stick in early April
white frangipani
A month later
Plumeria alba
Voluptuous new growth

Common name white frangipani
Family apocynaceae
Life cycle shrub/tree (Z10-12)
Flowers white
Size 15'
Light sun
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil

Even Houston's winters aren't warm enough to keep plumeria alive, but I couldn't resist picking up an odd-looking rooted stick with a few leaves emerging from the top on a visit to a local garden center. I'll watch what it does for the year, and if I'm really ambitious I might even try to keep it alive indoors through the winter. Don't know if I'll ever see flowers, but it's fun to experiment.

white frangipani
Making a statement in mid-September
Plumeria alba
Mid-October: looks like flower buds!
white frangipani
Early November: they've grown, and survived one mild frost
Plumeria alba
Alas, another series of frosts in December did it in...
white frangipani
...and those buds never popped

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: back fence border

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