Plumeria rubra is a tree that grows in a acandelabrumae shape typical of Plumerias with a single trunk and multiple branches of a similar length that support an open spreading canopy.
All Plumeria species are utilized to make lei in Hawaii and the varied colors of the different cultivated species and varieties make a very attractive flower. This species grows from 0.9-5 meters tall. Plumeria trees are partially deciduous therefore lose all of their leaves during long, dry periods. The leaves of Plumeria Rubra are 10-42 cm long and 4-14 cm wide with the widest point at the center or tip of the leaf blade. In this species the tip of the leaves narrow to a sharp point in contrast to leaves of the other common species, Plumeria obtusa, which has more rounded leaf tips.