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Fagraea berteriana , Perfume Flower Tree, Pua Keni Keni

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 Fagraea berteriana
Family: Gentianaceae   (Formerly:Loganiaceae)
Perfume Flower Tree, Pua Keni Keni
Origin: South Pacific
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterWhite/off-white flowersYellow/orange flowersFragrantAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsPoisonous or toxic

Specimen tree or shrub. Can be a large shrub or pruned to a small tree. Amazingly fragrant. All parts are poisonous. Grows into a small spreading tree or a large shrub; the branches quad-angular, with blunt tipped leaves and amazingly fragrant 3" tubular shaped flowers of creamy white which turn golden orange as the day longs. Flowers are popular for making Lei's. Pua Keni Keni in Hawaiian translation means "ten cent flower" which is what the flower once sold for. Sub-tropical to tropical growing conditions. Hardy to the high 40's. Toxic to animals.

According to other sources, belongs to Family Gentianaceae.


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Humboldt ca. Usa
24 Apr 2019
You spelled the common name wrong itís not pua Keni Keni itís pua kini kini. Itís hawaiian language all letters are only pronounced one way and the language has less letters!!
Jacob Knecht
Honolulu, Hawai`i, USA
USDA Zone:12
15 Jan 2008
This species is not native to Hawai`i.

It does have a common Hawaiian name, but this is because the species was introduced to the islands at a time when the Hawaiian Language was widely spoken.

Pua kenikeni littorally meaning "ten-cent flower"
John Gosden
Thailand
18 Jun 2005
This beautiful plant is known in Thai as Geaw-mook-dah which translates as "Perfect Pearl" in reference to the colour and texture of the flowers.
Long-lasting and beautifully scented, and relatively slow growing, this is worth a place in anyone's garden with the right climate.
Georgette Steyger
Australia
24 Nov 2004
I have a question re: Fagraea berteriana - all the nurseries and websites I have consulted say it is not poisonous - is the information on your website correct and if so could you tell me more about the poison? I have read that some people make essential oils from the flowers, and the flowers are also used to make leis so obviously that level of use is okay but we have it in our garden and I want to know if we can eat the fruit?
Thanks
MSheldon
Hawaii
USDA Zone:Tr
21 Mar 2004
Not a comment but a question. I have a friend who has a Puakinekine in a pot that is 3 years old and has not flowered.. Has been transplanted over the year to a large pot but still no flower. Can she expect it to flower after a given time?


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