Plumeria alba is a species of the genus Plumeria. This 2-8m deciduous shrub has narrow elongated leaves, large and strongly perfumed white flowers with a yellow center. It is native to Central America and the Caribbean.
Plumeria alba, commonly called white frangipani or nosegay, is a small rounded deciduous tree of the dogbane family that grows in a vase-shape to 15-25' tall. It features fragrant white flowers with yellow centers. Upright branches are thick but weak, and have a milky sap. Very fragrant 5-petaled flowers (to 3" wide) bloom in terminal clusters at the branch tips from spring to fall. Flowers are white with yellow centers. Oblong-lanceolate green leaves (to 12" long) are spirally clustered at the stem ends. Fruits are cylindrical pods (to 8") that are rarely formed in cultivation. Genus name honors Charles Plumier (1646-1704), French monk of the Franciscan order, botanist and traveller. Specific epithet means white.