frangipani crown can be defined as the end point or
the tip of a branch where flower buds appear and the
area where the frangipani produces new green growth.
the number of crowns shown with each
frangipani tree's photo and description?
Generally speaking, the higher the number of active crowns
on a frangipani, the better.
is a high number of crowns on a
frangipani tree more desirable?
1-Like some other plant species, frangipanis
produce flower buds on their crowns. The higher the
number of crowns, the greater the chances of seeing
more frangipani flowers. Everyone loves the scent of
frangipani flowers so this is a desirable factor.
2-While stems and branches slowly thicken,
frangipanis produce new growth at their crowns. A
frangipani with many crowns will produce new growth
in many directions.
3-Assuming half of the branches fork in a year, a
frangipani with many crowns will increase its number
of crowns at a faster rate. This will create a nicer
shape with a wider and thicker canopy.
is the number of branches
on each frangipani tree counted?
frangipani stems (or frangipani tree trunks) fork and then fork again and again,
counting branches or forks can be complicated.
After getting a crown count (see above), we ignore
recent forks and small tips (less than 5 cms long)
to get a branch count. For example, if a branch has
several tips which are all less than 5cms long, we
count it as ONE branch.
are there two numbers displayed for the number of
larger number (right side?) is the total number of
active crowns, which includes new crowns on small forked
branches. The smaller number (left side?) is the number of branches
(See above question).
For example, "10-15 crowns" means there are 15
active crowns altogether. We notice that 5 of the crowns are around 5cms or
shorter. 15-5=10. Consider the left number (10) as
an indication of the number of branches.
are forks and crowns good?
frangipani species fork naturally at the tips of the crowns
and only after a flower bud has formed on the crown.
Naturally formed forks look much better and more
attractive than other unnatural forks. A frangipani rubra
with all natural forks and a high number of branches
and crowns is likely to have good width, be well
balance and grow into an even more attractively
shaped tree. Most of the forks on our frangipani rubras (90%)
have formed naturally. Natural forks are both
attractive and increase the number of crowns.
Frangipani pudicas and frangipani stenophyllas can
grow branches from the stem and from other branches.
These species can quickly grow to fill out and to
make the most of the sunlight. The number of crowns
is not an important indicator of a healthy nicely
shaped frangipani tree.
good or bad when a frangipani branch forks
in an unnatural way?
crown can be damaged by human carelessness, certain
types of fungus and some insects. The frangipani
often produces new shoots from the side of the
crown. This can result in the frangipani getting
more crowns and branches sooner (good) but the
original crown usually turns into a scar. (bad)
A similar effect occurs when a branch is cut off or
broken off. Since a cut off branch leaves less of a
scar than a broken off branch, when a branch breaks
off, it is better to to use secateurs or a handsaw
to make a clean cut straight away.
are more sensitive to the cold and to black tip
fungus. In cold shady conditions frangipani obtusa crowns
can be damaged easily. If an obtusa has many crowns,
it may indicate that it will have many branches in
the near future but it may also indicate many crowns
have been damaged in the past.
are your frangipani trees measured?
There are several ways to measure the height of a
Clearance Height - This is the height necessary to
stand the frangipani upright with only the leaves,
and not the highest crown,
touching the ceiling. We measure from the bottom of
the bag or pot to 10cms above the highest crown. Leaves can extend
up to 30cms higher
than the highest crown but we do not take this into
consideration when measuring the clearance height. Leaves can
rest against walls and ceilings during
transportation but crowns shouldn't. Be sure to
measure your trailer, van or truck to ensure you can
fit your ordered frangipani in before you go to
Full Height - This is the height from the bottom of
the pot or bag to the top of the highest leaf.
Soil Height - This is the approximate height of the
soil, from the bottom of the bag to the top of the
soil in the bag. For 300mm pots and small bags, this
is usually around 20cms. For 45 and 75 litre bags,
the soil height is usually 20-25cms. For 100 litre
and 150 litre bags the soil height is usually
Wood Height - The wood height is the
measurement from the top of the soil to the top of
the highest crown. To get an idea of how tall the
frangipani will be in after you put it into the ground,
subtract the soil height and 10cms from the
clearance height. Leaves will make it taller than
Why is there sometimes a prop in the photo next to
Sometimes a toy car or house can look real size in a
picture as a 1m frangipani can look 2m and
vise-a-versa. For this reason, we try to have
something in the photo standing beside each
frangipani tree to help convey its real size.
is important not to plant frangipanis too low when
transplanting them into the ground?
It is easy to dig a deep hole, slide your frangipani
tree in and start filling in the hole before
realizing the soil level has risen 30cms up the
trunk and the top frangipani leaves are lower than
Here are the reasons why should plant your
frangipani higher than lower.
1-Since frangipani roots like to
travel down, it is often possible to take 5-10cms of
soil from the top of the bag before transplanting
your frangipani tree(s) into the ground.
2-It is also recommended to have the soil around the
trunk 5cms-10cms higher than the surrounding ground
to allow for the soil to compact and sink.
3-If the ground holds moisture, planting your
frangipani tree on a mound will not only increase
its height but also allow the roots close to the
trunk to dry out more quickly.