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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
Plumeria alba
But behold! In mid-April, some new growth from the base. That big heap of mulch I arrange around its trunk must have done its job.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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