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Frangipanis

Many people in Australia are familiar with frangipanis and have experienced their colourful and scented flowers.

With warm weather and a favourable breeze, the beautiful scent of a frangipani flower is always a pleasant surprise.  For this reason, we recommend everyone to consider getting a frangipani, or several, for their own yard.

The name “frangipani” is not used all over the world. Many languages, especially those used in tropical countries, have their own word for frangipani. People in the USA use the botanical name “Plumeria”. Plumeria, or frangipani, is a small genus of plants in which there are only a few common species. The most common species of frangipani in Australia is the Frangipani rubra which is pronounced “roo-bra”. Some people associate the word rubra with the colour red but in this case, it’s best not to. There may be an historical link between the name “frangipani rubra” and the colour “red” but it’s unclear.

Evergreen Frangipanis

Many people in Queensland will have heard of the “evergreen frangipani”. This frangipani has dark green glossy leaves and strongly scented large white flowers (with some yellow in the throat).

The evergreen frangipani has received its name because of its ability to hold its leaves well into the winter and even into the following spring in warm climates.

This frangipani is actually a different species and belongs to the “frangipani obtusa” species. Calling this frangipani “the evergreen frangipani” or even “the obtusa frangipani” implies there are no others like it but, to be precise, there are other types of obtusa frangipanis and other frangipanis which are more evergreen. This is one reason why we use the common and more specific name of “Singapore”.

Using the term “evergreen frangipani” might be a good way to sell these frangipanis at a garage sale but it can also be misleading. All frangipanis have evolved to reduce their growth and enter into winter dormancy to protect themselves. Take any frangipani to a colder climate and it will surely go into dormancy for the winter and lose it leaves. This is the second reason why we call them “Singapore frangipanis” instead of evergreen. It seems some varieties, such as the Singapore frangipani, are less prepared for winter which allows them to keep more of their leaves for longer into the winter but also leaves them open to be damaged from the cold weather.

Sun and Heat

Frangipanis love hot conditions. If a frangipani is in full sun everyday, it will become sun hardened and no amount of summer sun will be a problem. Having said that, frangipanis in bags and pots should be positioned more carefully. Moving a frangipani from a shaded position to full sun in summer is likely to be a sudden shock, especially for smaller plants. Also, conditions on concrete, black plastic or weed mat in the summer sun can become unnaturally and incredibly hot. Some varieties can also suffer from temporary leaf discolouration or leaf burn from exposure to the strong and direct sun.

Water

Frangipanis have evolved to survive in hot dry climates. This means established frangipani trees can find enough moisture in the ground to survive our usual once-a-decade severe Australian droughts. The soil in pots and bags dry out much faster than the ground so frangipanis in pots and bags need watering more often.

Frangipani Flowers

As mentioned above, the frangipani rubra is the most common species of frangipani in Australia. There are thousand of flower colour variations within the rubra species. These flowers are often categorized into 5 or 6  distinct colours. If you look at the flower from a distance, it will most likely fall into one of these categories. White (includes cream), yellow, pink, orange, red or blue (includes purple). Frangipani flower colours usually fade quickly in sunlight so dark red becomes light red, dark pink becomes light pink, light pink and yellow become white.

Almost all frangipani rubra flowers have strong scents. We believe its only worthwhile keeping a frangipani with a mild scent if it’s a special flower or unique frangipani species. Different colour flowers have different scents. Frangipani scents are sometimes fruity like peach or citrus and sometimes like other flowers like jasmine or gardenia. The strength of the emitted fragrance varies greatly depending on other factors such as weather and time of day.  The best way to compare frangipani scents is to have more than one frangipani in your own yard.

 

We have been specializing in frangipanis for more than 10 years. Read more….. About Us

Our available frangipanis include a range of popular flower colours and the four most common frangipani species. Read more…..Our Frangipanis

We have experience sending our frangipanis to Sydney, Melbourne……. Read more….. Our Delivery Areas

1-Firstly, decide if you’d prefer to visit a nursery or order online….. Read more….. 7 things To Do Before Buying a Frangipani Tree.

Most online shops group their products into categories. We categorize our frangipani trees into flower type….. Read more….. Ordering Online

If you are lucky enough to have more than one possible planting location, ….. Read more….. Understanding Your Microclimate.
Read more….. 4 Steps To Choosing A Frangipani Tree

Our Frangipani Tree Online Shop has prices and photos for each available frangipani tree. We select the best of our available frangipani trees to display on our online shop.