About Frangipanis

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The below information is from our old frangipani trees website.

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Frangipani Beginnings

Frangipanis originate from South America. Early ocean travellers considered frangipani plants to be attractive so frangipanis were transported all round the world. Frangipanis grow well and look stunning in warm climates so their numbers have increased rapidly in tropical countries. With their beautiful and wide range of flower colour combinations, pleasant fragrances and suitability to the climate, frangipanis are a common selection for tropical holiday areas. They are so common places like Hawaii and Fiji that many people associate frangipanis with tropical islands more than South America.

Drought Tolerance

Once established, frangipanis can survive flood waters and monsoons but generally speaking, they like hot dry conditions. When gardens are neglected in busy times and during drought frangipanis are especially appreciated when they not only survive but continue to thrive. Many people in Australia have become familiar with frangipanis while growing up with them in the yard or during a honeymoon in the tropics and having a frangipani tree in their own back yard has since become a dream.

Hardy Frangipanis

There are some fungus and insects which survive better in the tropics but generally speaking, frangipanis grow better, are more resistant to problems and are stronger in warmer climates. The hardiest frangipani species is known as “Plumeria rubra”. (Also known as “frangipani rubra” and written as “P. rubra”) The frangipani rubra is common in Melbourne and all along the coast New South Wales. Frangipani rubra comes in a range of colours with the most popular being the white (always yellow centre), pink (various) and orange (includes tricolour and fruit salad).

Beautiful Frangipanis

Most people in Brisbane prefer the P. obtusa, specifically the Singapore White. Singapore Whites have a slightly larger flower with a scent to rival the best. In warm climates, they can retain their leaves which is why many people call them the evergreen frangipanis. Due to their evergreen nature, they suffer more in frosty conditions and when temperatures are too cold.

 

What is your most important advice?

Don’t over water your frangipanis!
Learn the signs of a healthy and unhealthy frangipani and monitor your frangipani regularly. This can be done effectively in as little as 10 seconds a week.

When do I pay for my frangipani order?

If you’d like us to process your order as quickly as possible or you would just like to get the payment over and done with, feel free to make your payment as soon as you like. You’ll need to make your payment in full before we initiate the delivery process and we offer a 100% refund during this process so there are no benefits to delay payment. If you don’t mind a small delay and feel more comfortable waiting for us to confirm your order and shipping method before payment, please do so. If you transfer money to our account, please send us a quick email to let us know.

How do I make my payment?

If you have placed a frangipani order through this website, you should have received an email within minutes. If you did not, please let us know. At the bottom of that email, there’ll be payment instructions depending on your choice of payment method.
If you chose to pay by bank transfer, the payment instructions will include our BSB and account numbers. You have the option to pay at your bank or to pay by online banking. When you transfer money to our account, please send us a quick email to let us know.
If you chose to pay by PayPal, money order or cheque, the payment instructions will contain step by step instructions. We’ll contact you after your payment has been received.
If you have any questions about or difficulties with your payment, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The Delivery Process (Answers are Below)

When will my frangipanis be delivered?
Can I request delivery to be sooner or later than the scheduled date?
Can I request delivery to be on a specific date?
What happens if I can’t be at home to accept delivery?
What should I do when the delivery truck arrives?
Will the driver be able to help me move my frangipani to its position?
What should I do with my frangipanis straight after delivery?

When will my frangipanis be delivered?

Delivery can be anything from three days to three weeks after payment.
We’ll send you an email with the scheduled pick up and scheduled delivery dates as soon as we know. If you’d like us to rush or delay delivery, please let us know as soon as possible.

Can I request delivery to be sooner or later than the scheduled date?

We can ensure delivery is as quick as within two weeks if necessary and we can take a deposit and hold your frangipani order for up to six months. If you choose, please let us know your situation as soon as possible.

Can I request delivery to be on a specific date?

We cannot guarantee a delivery date but feel free to tell us your preferred date of delivery. Please also let us know if
a) you’d like delivery on or as close to the date as possible.
or
b) you’d like delivery on or before a specific date.
or
c ) you’d like delivery as soon as possible after a specific date.
What happens if I can’t be at home to accept delivery?
If there’s a chance that you won’t be home for delivery, please write your delivery instructions in the comment box when ordering or send us an email. Transport companies usually call the day before to ensure delivery can be as quick as go as smoothly as possible. If no instructions are left for the driver, the driver will pick the most suitable and safest position to leave the frangipani trees.

What should I do when the delivery truck arrives?

Give the driver a friendly greeting, suggest the best place to stop his truck and then allow the driver to unload your ordered frangipanis.
As he’s unloading, check your frangipanis to make sure there no major damage. If any branches are broken while in transit, you’ll be able to notice white sap coming from the wound or at least a fresh white wound. If you’re concerned about damage or a broken branch, ask the driver about it. In such a case, you can sign for delivery but your should note the type of damage.

Will the driver be able to help me move my frangipani to its position?

The driver’s responsibility is to simply unload and leave the frangipanis at the delivery address. Drivers have to cover a lot of distance each day and they cannot afford to spend time taking frangipanis up stairs and over fences. Having said that, if you ask the driver nicely to spend a minute or two to help you, most drivers will help you with a smile.

What should I do with my frangipanis straight after delivery?

If your frangipanis are tall, you should lean them against something and/or use rope to stop them from falling over. If a frangipani falls over on soft grass, the branches will probably not break. If the branches are thin, pointing sideways and the tree falls on something hard, the frangipani tree is likely to break or branch or two.
Watering is not usually necessary but if you’re sweating give the frangipani a drink. Your frangipani should be happy in its bag or pot for several months and more if you choose.

Planting Your Frangipani Tree (Answers are Below)

What preparations should I do before delivery?
What is the best way to move frangipani trees?
What advice do you have for planting frangipani trees?

What preparations should I do before delivery?

The most important thing to do is to determine the best position to plant your frangipani trees into the ground. You need to choose the warmest and driest position available and also need to consider the result of growing 3 or 4m in the next 10 years.
You can also prepare the hole. 45 litre bags are around 30cms deep x 30cms across. 75 litre bags are about 40cms across. 100 litre bags are about 40 x 40cms. If you’d like to give your frangipani a better start, you dig the hole deeper and put some premium potting mix at the bottom of the hole before planting your frangipani.
You should also find a position to store the frangipanis temporarily until they go into their hole or new pot. If your ordered frangipanis are large, you should organize a second person and prepare a trolley to help you move them around.

What is the best way to move frangipani trees?

A refrigerator trolley is good for moving large and heavy frangipanis. A second person and a wheel barrow is useful for moving small 45 litre frangipanis long distances. If you need to transport frangipanis in ute or trailer, the wind will damage the leaves and may damage the branches.
If the branches are upright, you might be able to lay it down with the trunk resting on something. You should also put something either side of the bag to stop the bag from rolling sideways.

What advice do you have for planting frangipani trees?

If your frangipani is in a pot, you should lean the frangipani on a 45 degree angle and press in the side of the pot near the bottom edge. Do this as you rotate the pot in a full circle twice.
Pull the main trunk. If the soil is dry and light, the root ball will probably stay in tact. Gently lower the frangipani into the hole and position it into the desired angle and direction.
If some of the soil falls away from the root ball, don’t panic. Make sure you put enough soil into the hole first to maintain the desired height. Fill in with soil and do a big watering straight away.
If your frangipani is in a bag, you should balance the bag on the side of the hole so you can cut a straight line with a knife straight across the bottom of the bag. Alternatively, you can cut a circle out of the bottom of the bag.
Lower the bag into the hole so that you’re happy with the direction and height of the frangipani, then cut up the sides of the bags. With the plastic cut in two pieces, pull the plastic out and fill in with soil.
If the root ball feels solid, the root ball is dry and the frangipani is in one of heavy duty green bags, you might prefer to take the frangipani out like it was in a pot (see above).
Remember to give a your frangipani a good watering after putting it into the ground and anytime after disturbing the roots!

Frangipani Care (Answers are Below)

Do I need to take care of my frangipanis?
How will I know if my frangipanis are doing well or not?
How can I improve the appearance of my frangipanis?
How can I improve the shape of my frangipanis?

Do I need to take care of my frangipanis?

Not really. Once a frangipani is in the ground, it usually does better with no care compared to too much care. The danger of too much care is over watering. You should however learn what to look out for and monitor the condition of your frangipanis trees.

How will I know if my frangipanis are doing well or not?

The easiest way to confirm that your frangipani is healthy is to squeeze the branches. If the wood is firm, the frangipani is healthy. Also, in spring and summer, frangipanis should produce fresh green growth at the tips and lots of nice green leaves. There are many factors which can reduce the attractiveness of the crowns and leaves but the larger the frangipani, the less likely this will affect the health of the whole frangipani.

How can I improve the appearance of my frangipanis?

You can remove any old yellow leaves.
You can remove any existing fungus or scale and reduce the possibility and damage of any future attacks.
You can monitor and try to prevent or at least reduce insect attacks.
You can add a small amount of slow release fertilizer in spring and possibly again in early summer.

How can I improve the shape of my frangipanis?

For large frangipani trees, it’s common to cut off branches.
Pruning Large Frangipanis
If you have a small frangipani and would like to improve the overall shape for future growth, you can bend a branch or two into your desired position. The frangipani should be in the ground for at least 6 months and rope should be tied close to the end of the branch. The branch should improve its position within weeks and almost completely hold its new position within a few months.

 

Which frangipani species is best suited to my area?

The hardiest frangipani species is plumeria rubra. I assume all of the frangipani trees in Melbourne and almost all frangipani trees in Sydney are frangipani rubra.

For people living in and around Melbourne and Sydney, frangipani rubra is a safe option. Naturally there are variations in climate from area to area and even greater variations from position to position (micro-climate). The warmer and the more protected a position, the more likely the frangipani obtusa species could survive or even grow well.

As an example, the temperature in rural areas surrounding a large city like Sydney will drop several degrees colder than the city. The temperature in suburbs far from the coast (West Sydney) will drop several degrees below suburbs near the coast (North Sydney and the Eastern Suburbs).  A position which is open to the north and has high building or trees to the south for protection will help greatly too. Materials which reflect the sun’s heat, such as glass or aluminium also help. Materials which store heat such as rock and brick also help.

Choosing A Position For A Frangipani Tree

Frangipani rubras grow well in South East Queensland. If your selected position is shaded or you want a no fuss frangipani, rubra is probably the best choice. Many people choosing a frangipani for South East Queensland choose or at least consider a frangipani obtusa. Another reason for choosing a rubra is flower colour. There are many flower colours whereas the obtusa is limited to the Singapore White (White flower with yellow centre

Read more about these two options on our Frangipani Species page.

Going north of Brisbane up the coast of Queensland, frangipanis can survive in almost any position and grow more healthily in warm positions.  Choosing a frangipani for those areas has almost identical considerations as people in South East Queensland as mentioned above.

Will a frangipani tree survive in my area?

In short, frangipanis like warm climates. Cold winter mornings and frost can damage and weaken frangipanis which can sometimes be fatal. The best way to find out if a frangipani tree will grow well in your yard or not is to look for frangipanis in your area. If you see a frangipani tree every few houses, you can safely guess one will grow well in your yard. Whether you find dozens or only a few in your suburb, take notice where they are positioned and how healthy they are.

Future Link – Positioning a frangipani so it grows well and stays healthy.

Future Link – Checking the health of an established frangipani tree.

If you discover your area is too cold to grow frangipanis, you always have the choice of growing one in a pot and moving it under shelter for the winter. Some frangipani enthusiasts in England, Canada and other cold countries succeed.

Future Link – Growing Frangipanis in Frost Areas.

 

What Size Frangipani Should I Purchase?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Transportation

How does frangipani size affect transport costs?