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Frangipani – Frequently Asked Questions

(Answers are Below)

I’d like a frangipani tree. Can you help me?
Can you send me some photos of your advanced frangipani trees?
Can I pay a deposit to put my preferred frangipani on hold?
Will a frangipani grow in my climate?
What frangipanis are suited to my climate?
Can I keep my frangipani in a pot?
Can I plant my frangipani tree in a planter box?
What size pot should I buy for my frangipani?
How fast will my frangipani grow and how will its shape change?
I’m allergic to bees. Do frangipani flowers attract bees?
Should I order by email, phone or through the website shop?
Is a plumeria rubra a red frangipani?
Can I visit your nursery?
I want a large frangipani. Can you tell me the size and cost please?

I’d like a frangipani tree. Can you help me?

Yes, we respond to emails and have great customer service.
What kind of frangipani would you like?

Can you send me some photos of your advanced frangipani trees?

Please visit our online shop to see photos of our best available frangipani trees. If you’re unable to find a suitable frangipani tree, please inform us that you have looked and require something different.

Can I pay a deposit to put my preferred frangipani on hold?

We will hold your frangipani order with a $50 deposit per frangipani tree for up to six months. If you have not paid in full within six months, we give you the option to do so or forfeit your deposit. We’re happy to store and take care of your ordered frangipanis to fit in with your landscaping schedule or to wait until spring.

Will a frangipani grow in my climate?

You should look around your neighbourhood to see if there are any established frangipani trees and try to determine what species they are. If there are only a few, you should take note of their position in regards to heat and sunlight and you should look more closely to see how healthy they are.
If you live in an area which gets winter frosts or snow, you’ll need a hothouse or to keep your frangipanis in pots so you can move them around and keep them sheltered from the cold.

What frangipanis are suited to my climate?

Most rubra varieties including whites, pinks and oranges (tricolours) are the hardiest and grow very well in Sydney and can grow well in some parts of Melbourne and Adelaide. Obtusas, especially the Singapore White, are very popular in South East Queensland and grow even better in tropical regions.

Can I keep my frangipani in a pot?

Many people prefer to keep their frangipani in a pot. You can keep a pot on a balcony, can move the pot around as needed and move it undercover to protect against winter frosts. Unlike established in-ground frangipani trees, potted frangipanis dry out and need watering in dry weather. The soil is also likely to lose its nutrients and need fertilizing once a year in spring. After frangipanis in pots eventually become root bound, they can be repotted into a larger pot or be sold and put into the ground.

Can I plant my frangipani tree in a planter box?

It’s difficult to know exactly what will happen but you should think about whether the roots will be able to expand and support the weight of the tree. You should also make sure it has good drainage.

What size pot should I buy for my frangipani?

We use plastic pots and plastic bags so we can repot gradually to ensure compact root systems and often give room for the roots to expand. Customers usually prefer a more expensive ceramic pot so it’s not so practical to repot as often. It’s an individual choice whether to start with a small pot to contain the roots and repot sooner or go straight into a large pot. Either way, frangipani roots expand and will eventually run out of space to grow within the pot.

How fast will my frangipani grow and how will its shape change?

In ideal conditions, frangipanis can increase around a metre in height during the warmer months each year. Growth will not be as vigorous during the first few months or first season until the roots have extended into the surrounding ground.
The trunk on your frangipani will get thicker to support the increasing weight of the whole tree. The branches will also thicken but most of the vertical growth will occur from the branch tips. For this reason, it’s wise to select a frangipani which has the straightest and longest trunk possible. The higher branches will naturally form a dome shaped canopy over time.

Images of frangipani growth in tropical climate.

150mm pot. Autumn.
8-10 months later. summer.

12-14 months later. Autumn.

I’m allergic to bees. Do frangipani flowers attract bees?

There is no nectar in frangipani flowers so they do not attract bees.

Should I order by email, phone or through the website shop?

Feel free to ask us your questions by email, phone or by using our contact form. If you decide to purchase one or more of the frangipani trees advertised on our website shop, we prefer you to place the order online. This way your order gets an order number and you’ll receive an order confirmation by email. Your order will then be smoothly processed with your contact details, delivery address and delivery instructions. Our website does not ask you for bank or credit card details so there is no risk involved. Besides that, shopping and buying stuff online is fun so try it!

Is a plumeria rubra a red frangipani?

No, not necessarily. Apparently, centuries ago, the original frangipani rubra flower was red or pinkish red and all the hundreds of rubra frangipani flower colour varieties we can find today have evolved from there. Plumeria rubra is a species of frangipani. It’s the hardiest and most common species in Australia.

Can I visit your nursery?

If you know the size and variety of frangipani tree you require and are planning to spend over $100, please contact us and arrange an appointment to see our frangipani stock.

I want a large frangipani. Can you tell me the size and cost please?

Please visit our Frangipani Tree Online Shop to see photos of our best available frangipani trees.