Lechoso is a rare and one of the most beautiful and fragrant tropical species. It is a small tree with multi-layered canopy and paired oval leaves, dark green, about 6 inches long.It blooms prolifically from April to late winter. The large white flowers are outstandingly fragrant. When in full bloom, perfume fills the area with a soft vanilla, musky fragrance. A massive profusion of flowers cover the branches, pure white against the glossy leaves, and carpets the ground with fallen blossoms. Interesting horned seed pods.
Does well in containers (topping out at 8 feet in height). Specimen tree for a small garden. Does best in a well-drained, moist soil. Grows well in full sun to partial shade. Somewhat salt tolerant. Related to Frangipani (Plumeria), protect from frost.
Other names / Synonym: Stemmadenia galeottiana, Stemmadenia insignis, Tabernaemontana litoralis