Description Pages

When browsing an online shop, customers can click on a product title or product image to visit a product description page.

Product description pages usually offer enlarged images  and a more detailed description of the product.

In order to keep descriptions concise, we use abbreviations and specific terminology (jargon) to describe our frangipani trees.
We have created this page to ensure our abbreviations and terminology are understood.


When a shop category is selected, a list of individual frangipani trees is displayed. One column is titled Destinations. At the time of writing this, we group our trees into two categories.

Some of our frangipani trees are listed with SEQ or SE QLD. In short, we recommend these trees for customers in South East Queensland.

SYD, MEL etc.
Some of frangipani trees are listed with Syd, Mel etc. In short we recommend these trees for customers living far from us and in cooler climates including areas in SA, NSW and VIC.

Why are some frangipani trees recommended for some areas and not other areas?
Firstly, the hardiness of the variety and secondly its readiness to be transported long distances.

Frangipani Hardiness
Even though there are only 8 or 9 frangipani species in the world (we sell 4 and grow another 3), there are hundreds and possibly thousands of varieties. Some varieties are more delicate and more sensitive to cold weather. These varieties are usually grown for a desirable or unique feature. There’s not much point in growing a delicate variety which has no special feature, is there? We recommend these “special varieties” for customers living in Queensland, most of whom are in South East Queensland.

Transportation Readiness
Another factor is transportation. After a frangipani tree is repotted into a larger pot or bag, it should be allowed to sit in one position so the roots can expand into the fresh soil. If the tree is leant towards a horizontal position to soon, the fresh soil will pour out of the bag. If the tree is lifted by the trunk too soon, the root ball will come out of the fresh soil. If a frangipani tree is transported too soon and not handled carefully, the frangipani tree can gradually lean to one side and possibly fall over pulling the root ball up and out of the bag. This won’t kill the frangipani but it will make transport depot transfers and delivery more difficult and could cause the frangipani to be damaged or get broken branches.

Small trees need around one year but larger trees need 2 or 3 years to be movable. All our frangipani trees reach a stage where their root ball has just filled the larger bag but still needs to be handled and transported carefully. Trees in this stage are recommended for SE QLD so we can deliver them personally. After we notice the root ball of a frangipani tree has become even more solid, we try to update the recommended destination to SYD, MEL etc. to indicate it can handle long distant transportation and be handled by truck drivers, most of whom are very skilled but were all younger and less experienced in a previous time.

Our suggested destination is only a suggestion.

If an ordered frangipani tree is destined to go to an area against our suggestion AND, in our opinion, the risk is significant, we will direct the customer to this section of our website and give more details.

NUMBER OF CROWNS (Frangipani Rubras)

What’s a crown?
A frangipani crown is the end point or the tip of a branch. The crown is usually greener than the rest of the branch. While the trunk and branches increase slightly in thickness and size, most of the growth occurs at the crown. The new growth at the crown is soft green wood which hardens to brown wood by the following year. Flower buds appear only on the crowns.

Why is the number of crowns important?
Generally speaking, the higher the number of active crowns on a frangipani, the better.

Why is a high number of crowns on a  frangipani tree more desirable?
1-Like many 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-Frangipani leaves only appear on the new growth on branches. A frangipani with many branches and a good growth rate will produce foliage which makes a dense dome shaped canopy.
3-The greater the number of branches and crowns, the sooner it will have a full canopy of foliage and be a big flower producer.

Note-Frangipani trees which are wider are more expensive to transport. Like most plants, frangipanis will naturally produce dense foliage and fill in gaps to absorb the maximum amount of sunlight.

How is the number of branches on each frangipani tree counted?
We count all the crowns which are 10cm or longer.

We have started stating clearly the number of crowns and the number of branches on our frangipani description pages so the below paragraph no longer applies.
Why are there two numbers displayed for the number of crowns?
The 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.

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.

What is a natural fork?
The common 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 better and more attractive than other unnatural forks.  It takes about 2 years for each branch to fork so the number of crowns approximately doubles every two years.

What is an unnatural fork?
When a branch or crown is damaged, the tip will often heal and the frangipani will usually produce new shoots from the side of the branch near the branch tip. Sometimes 4, 5 or more shoots can appear on one branch which can result in an impressive looking branch which forks into multiple branches. On the other hand, forks caused by damage usually leave an unattractive scar.

Why don’t we count crowns on obtusas?
Frangipani obtusas are more sensitive to the cold and to black tip fungus. In cold shady conditions frangipani obtusa crowns are often damaged which causes unnatural forks and sometimes many more crowns.

In this case, having a high number of crowns is neither all good or all bad.


What is the “wood height”?
The “wood height” is the measurement from base of the trunk (the top of the soil in the bag or pot) to the top of the highest branch excluding the leaves.

Why aren’t the top leaves measured?
It’s possible to include leaves in height measurements but it’s not a very consistent method. Leaves can often add 40cms to the height of advanced frangipani trees and 15-20cms to small plants.  Also, frangipanis are deciduous and drop there leaves In the winter.

Which method do we use?
Despite using different methods in the past, we now just add 10cms to the wood height to get a consistent and useful height measurement. For example, we would state a frangipani to be 1.3m tall or 1.2m plus leaves.

What is “clearance height”?
The clearance height is the measurement from the bottom of the bag or pot to around 10cms above the highest crown. This is the height necessary to stand the frangipani upright in a trailer, truck, van or other vehicle without damaging the crowns being damaged by the roof. If the frangipani is too tall to stand upright, it’s possible to stand it on an angle and sometimes to lie them horizontally.

It’s always helpful to think about how a frangipani tree will be secured before transporting it. We no longer display the clearance height on our description pages but we can accurately estimate or even measure it for you, if you ask.