Can anyone ID this white plumeria?

disneyhorse(10A)April 27, 2013

My neighbor's big tree is just starting to bloom. I've got a few rooted cuttings from it. I'm new to plumerias and to me it looks pretty generic. Any ideas?

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disneyhorse(10A)

Additional photo

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 7:36PM
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freak4plumeria(So CA zone 10)

Whats the scent like? This early on in the season kind of hard to say for sure, kind of looks a bit like Psycho white....Bill?
Again whats it smell like??

This post was edited by freak4plumeria on Mon, Apr 29, 13 at 14:14

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 12:43AM
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disneyhorse(10A)

Hmmm... All the current flowers are at the top of the tree (I had to hold my phone way up to get these pictures) but I will see if I can steal a flower off of it when no one is home to smell....

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 1:03AM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

You ought to take a photo of the back of the bloom too, as well as of the whole plant...just in case there are any tell-tale characteristics that might id it. For example Psycho White has a red stripe on the back of each petal.

Unfortunately, whites are quite common and it could be anything, or a seedling.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 8:31AM
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disneyhorse(10A)

Here is the tree, it grows like a weed and is easy to root cuttings.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 1:12PM
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disneyhorse(10A)

Smell is fairly strong and sweet

    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 1:13PM
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disneyhorse(10A)

Here is the reverse side

    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 1:14PM
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mksmth zone 6b Tulsa Oklahoma(6b)

Wow that looks to me like Bills "psycho" white to me.

of course only he can confirm.

Mike

This post was edited by mksmth on Mon, Apr 29, 13 at 15:02

    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 3:01PM
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disneyhorse(10A)

Okay, just googled Psycho White/Gardena and it does seem like that's what it is. Very vigorous and not too much dormancy... I'm just not a fan of white flowers, but at least it likes to bloom..

    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 5:36PM
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freak4plumeria(So CA zone 10)

In the South Bay area of So Cal Psycho White can keep a lot of its leaves during winter and is a very vigorous grower.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 7:10PM
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jandey1(TX8)

I don't think that looks like Psycho. Psycho has a stronger red band on the back and very distinctive rounded petals. Also has a medium perfume scent. I think we'd have to wait for Bill to say definitively, though.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 8:52PM
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freak4plumeria(So CA zone 10)

Hey Jaundy,
I prefaced and stated that "it is early in the season to ID". Because its still cold in So Cal plumies usually do not look the same in terms of intensity of color or marking, even shapes are effected by cooler temps and overcast weather.
So I definitely think Bill would be the person to identify Psycho White as he sees it in all the different temps and forms.

Cheers

    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 11:30PM
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tdogdad(Zone 9)

Those of you who know me have heard this before, but you cannot ever really identify a plant from a picture. Because we do this, people buy plants that are look alikes but not the actual plant. If you get a cutting off a plant, you know what you get. With seedlings, you can get a variety that looks so much like a named plant that you would put money on it except you know the pod came off an entirely different plant. That said, this could be a relative of Psycho or Gardena but until someone develops genome tests for plumerias, we will never really know. You can call it a Psycho, but sell cuttings as possibly a psycho or looks like a psycho. Bring over a flower and a leaf sometime in the summer and you can have a better idea by matching the psycho mom; Bill

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 3:08AM
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rox146

well said Bill......roxanne

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 9:34AM
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