BROWSE: Desert Heat 

The hot, dry desert climate has both rewards and challenges. The heat produces spectacular bloom color, but can also fade flowers quickly. There are many JJ varieties that excel in those conditions, and here's some favorites.

Abby's Dream
Interesting 2 ½” intensely pink blooms develop a white tear drop in warmer conditions; a very unique effect. Nice floral scent. Medium growth habit.
This plumeria blew us away when we saw it. Heavily patterned, striped red and white flowers often spin into pagoda tips. The clusters are large, and in very warm conditions the flowers almost look artificial. Tall, fairly lanky growth habit with long leaves. Light floral scent.
With heat, the blooms can kaleidoscope, like a mottled rainbow. Under cooler conditions, she blooms as a thick-petaled pink and white flower. Round leaves are really pretty and shiny. Early and productive bloomer. Semi-compact growth produces very short branches, creating a really nice tree. Nice citrus scent.
California Sunset
Vibrant sunset colors on thick petals, with huge clusters of 2-4” blooms with an excellent keeping quality. In the early spring the flowers start out yellow, and as the summer heats up the blooms turn shades of dark orange and red. Semi-compact growth habit, fast growing and an incredibly long bloom season. Strong ripe peach fragrance. This Penang Peach seedling is one of our best plumeria, and very easy to grow.
Cote d'Or
Spectacular large 3 1/2" yellow blooms that develop striking red veins and pink highlights in warm temperatures. Really nice spicy sweet scent with a hint of citrus. Multi branched, slow growing, medium sized tree. Special…
Desert Sunrise
Dense, long lasting clusters of blazing, yet delicately colored 3-4" flowers. Thick, yellow-orange blooms with dark pink veining and dark pink outer edges. The highly variable shading and veins are gorgeous. Sweet grape scent. First and last to bloom. An amazing display when the entire tree blooms. Shiny green foliage on a semi-compact tree. This stunning plumeria belongs in every collection.
Fantastic pink white flowers with a wonderfully strong perfume scent. pink veins, Yellow-peachy color toward center. The hotter the temps, the more intense the pink colors. Blooms in multiple flushes over a very long bloom season. Very dense growth with branches growing shorter as the tree ages. The leaves are thick and shiny. Reliable, prolific, heavy bloomer that's cold tolerant. Our first dwarf plumeria and probably our finest.
Dragon Tears
Unique yellow white plumeria with large 3-4” flowers in a distinct twist with red pagoda tips. Brilliant red orange streaks in warmer weather. Great fragrance, similar to tuberose. In very hot climates, grows best in semi shade. Medium to tall growth habit.
Dream Star
Quite an enigmatic plumeria, these 3-4" yellow white blooms show an amazing magenta starburst in the hottest conditions. When the color erupts, wow! Light floral scent and medium-framed tree.
That's what we said when we first saw this pink plumeria. Flowers are large 4"+, broad petaled and well-formed, with a white feather on front and back. Outstanding, intense coconut fragrance. Loves the heat. Fast growing medium tree.
A strong semi-compact plumeria that we originally called 'painted pink' because the swirl looks painted on. 3-4” thick blooms on good clusters. Petals become more pink and the center more orange as the temperature rises. Retains strong pink color after picking. Soft sweet spicy scent and a fantastic, reliable bloomer. Beautiful, thick, emerald green broad leaves on thick branches.
Spectacular pink blooms with deep pink heart and gorgeous yellow and white speckles. Highly compact growth habit with dark green leaves. Light floral scent.
This might be one of those plumerias that one had to see in person in order to fully appreciate, but take our word for it, this one is special. Large 4” flowers that open with one distinct coloration and then fade to another, totally different coloration without losing any of its impact. Stunning 4"+ heavily veined flowers with thick ruffled petals and colors that range from yellow to pink to ruby to purple. Soft cinnamon scent. Medium sized tree gets covered in inflos all season.
Amazing 3-3.5" red orange blooms with a gold center that radiates bright red and pink colors. Very thick textured, rolled edge flowers with a medium spicy sweet fragrance that gets stronger as the blooms age. Heavy dramatic veining that changes with the temps, making each flower unique. The name is from our research field code, and somehow stuck. Gorgeous, very thick glossy leaves on a well-balanced, compact, heavy wooded tree.
Stunning yellow blooms show off vibrant red tips and are nicely scented. Heavily blooming, strong yet compact grower. Thick flowers that change daily in shape and appearance, depending on the weather. When it's hot, the entire bloom is orange. One of our signature pagoda-shaped plumeria, distinguished by its naturally wavy, almost crinkled foliage. Big thick leaves. A strong yet semi-compact grower and very heavy bloomer. Light vanilla fragrance.
Any plumeria that produces huge, basketball-sized clusters is special. Beautiful 4" pink yellow blooms have a large bright yellow center with a deep red starburst. As the heat climbs, the bright pink edge gets larger and larger until it covers the entire flower, creating a white feather effect. Reliable, prolific clusters over a long bloom season. Very good keeping quality and nice floral scent. Fast growing, medium-sized tree is easy to grow and branches well.
Ken's White
Perhaps our best blooming white plumeria, with a vigorous medium growth habit. Nice strong floral scent. Blooms constantly and grows quickly once established in the ground. Gorgeous glossy bright green leaves. One of our loyal customers fell in love with this then-unnamed tree.
Stunning watercolor appearance to these 4" very thick, pink white blooms. When the heat is on, ruby stripes radiate from a yellow sunburst center. Strong floral fragrance and a tall growth habit.
Panitta's Red
Large 4”+ deep reddish pink flowers emerge pink early in the season, becoming a brilliant fire engine red in warmer, brighter weather. Gorgeous veined blooms with purple undertones and a wavy edge. Vigorous medium grower and soft floral scent. Named for friends who developed a JJ seedling that we gifted them.
Purple Jack
Deep purple buds become 2.5-3" purple lavender blooms with dark veins and an orange center, and then fades to bluish silver hues. Needs heat to bring out the rich royal purple colors. Once the root system is well established and it starts blooming, it is an eager and reliable bloomer on a tall tree. Sweet grape perfume. The very first, original lavender/purple plumeria on the market.
Impressive 4 ½” red blooms with a white rolled edge will impress you with its compact growth habit and amazing bloom production. In cooler temps, a nice rainbow, and in heat, a rich plum color. Thick petals. Intense rose fragrance to some, hot buttered rum scent to others. Very compact growth, good branching and long narrow leaves.
The most strongly scented of all our plumerias. A robust, medium growing tree that produces large clusters of thick textured 4"+ vanilla white blooms. During peak bloom, it’s possible to detect the intense spicy jasmine fragrance nearly 100 feet from a larger tree. Huge leaves and a very good brancher. Cold tolerant. Truly amazing…
Sedona in intense heat
This beauty's elegant shape complements a blend of salmon, pink, brown and red tones. Peach tones slowly turn to a light brown then to the majestic colors of Red Rock countryside of Sedona. Strong peach scent, very thick petals and an excellent bloomer. Semi-compact tree.
Super Round
Huge, full clusters of beautiful, very round pink and orange 3" flowers with gorgeous, thick, overlapping petals. With heat, the blossoms turn a beautiful dark pink to deep red with graining through the petals. Never stops blooming – clusters can start blooming again in the spring. A very strong grower. Stays semi-compact with short branches. Soft spicy scent.
Tangerine Dream
Beautiful 4"+ pink blossoms with a large coral and orange center and a lovely perfume scent. In cooler weather, the orange center is still intense. Beautiful purple tones and red veins in the heat. One of the longest blooming seasons of any of our plumeria, with individual clusters lasting 3 months or more. Medium growing tree.
Beautifully shaped, brightly colored 4" blooms with heavy multicolor streaks across a predominately pink background. No two flowers are the same, as each is uniquely striped. In heat, the feathered edges are purple, offset with the white rolled edge. Thick petals and a nice floral scent. A very unusual, heavy blooming compact tree.
Definitely a distinctive purple plumeria, and by far our best. Super thick 3-4” blooms on medium growing, thick wooded tree. Her coloration goes from mauve to greys, from smoky lavenders to deep rich purple and gold hues, all accented with an orange yellow center. In high heat her edges turn dark purple and the color depth increases to a deep eggplant hue, often outlined in white. Her fragrance is strong and sweet with a touch of spice. Attractive deep purple buds. Strong bloom production.
Amazing 3-4" yellow blooms with red pagoda tips was named by a delightful girl who admired the flowers in our Vista greenhouse (yellow + unique). Thick petals don't fade. Medium growth from a very nice, solidly blooming tree. Red cluster and leaf stems showcase the bright colors. Lemon fragrance.
Zona Rosa
Large, 4-5" very intense pink blooms with a earthy butter scent. With heat, the petal edges turn deep purple to a vivid royal blue. Gorgeous purple and magenta buds. Tall tree with dense branching and thick, distinctive wood.
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