What Size Frangipani Should I Start With?

If you’re not sure what size frangipani you should purchase, the most important factors to consider are

  1. Your Plan.
  2. Prices.
  3. Value for money.
  4. Your budget.
  5. Transportation.

1-Your Plan

Some people prefer to be patient and enjoy watching their garden develop naturally while others are focussed on having an established garden this year. Starting small and being patient can be done on a smaller budget but the larger and more established the frangipani, the greater the cost.

If you are worried about your frangipani growing too big, we suggest pruning it every 3-10 years.

2-Prices

You can walk into almost any nursery in spring and find a range of frangipani plants. For around $10, you can get a single stem frangipani in a 125mm pot. $20-$30 can buy a multi-branched frangipani in a 200mm pot. $40-$70 can buy a frangipani around or just under 1m tall. Our frangipani plants priced under $100 can only be purchased in bulk or with a frangipani tree order.

Most frangipanis in 400mm pots and 45 litre bags are over 1m tall. Most of these are priced between $150-$200. Ours start at $90.

3-Value For Money

Considering the price of frangipanis (as above), we recommend small trees (1m-1.5m) as the best value. We aim to sell our frangipani trees at 50%-75% of usual prices so for a 1m tall frangipani in a 45 litre bag, for example, we will sell for as cheap as $90.
We also aim to sell small frangipani plants at 50%-75% of usual prices when the order (after discounts) is $100 or more.

Frangipanis are very hardy but there are ways to purposefully or accidently kill them. Generally speaking, the larger the frangipani, the stronger and hardier it will be.

4-Your Budget

If your budget is less than $100, we suggest to purchase from your local retail plant nursery and take your frangipani home in your car.
If you plan to spend more than $100 on a frangipani tree, you might like to consider transportation, frangipani shape and then view photos of our available frangipani trees on our online shop.

5-Transportation

How does frangipani size affect transport costs?

Which Plant Shape Will Turn Into The Best Shaped Frangipani Tree?

Natural Frangipanis

When frangipanis grow naturally from seed, they do not flower and do not fork for a number of years. They often grow into a thick single stem plants and are often over one metre tall before forking.

As the weight and number of branches increase, the stem continues to strengthen to support the weight of the tree. Eventually, the tree will develop into a balanced umbrella shape. 

Ideal Shape Of Cuttings

To get a well balanced umbrella shaped frangipani tree, cuttings should resemble frangipani seedlings, as described above.

Forked and Multi Stemmed Frangipanis

The more branches a frangipani plant has, the more flowers it will produce in the following several years. Also, small plants with numerous branches resemble a traditional tree shape, and in some cases they can also have an appealing bonsai look. For these two reasons, frangipani plants with more branches are more popular and sell faster.

Thin Trees and Single Stemmed Frangipanis

The frangipanis with less forks and less branches often look top light but since frangipani grow mostly from the branch ends, they will eventually fill out and turn into a nicer shaped tree, as nature prefers to do with seedlings.

Straightness and Thickness of Trunk

As a frangipani increases in size, the trunk needs to support the weight of the whole tree.  A large curve or S bend in the trunk will not have as much strength as a straight trunk. Many frangipanis have bends in their trunks and grow for many years without ever developing a lean or falling over however the greater the bend, the greater the risk. Even though many customers overlook this negative feature and choose these frangipanis for other positive features, we often reduce the price of these frangipanis to move them out more quickly.