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).