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Many people in Australia are familiar with frangipanis and have experienced their colourful and scented flowers. Frangipanis do not have flowers all year round and sometimes we are not lucky enough to catch their scent but when we do, it can be an unforgettable moment.

“Whenever I smell the scent of a frangipani flower, I’m reminded of the front and backyards of the house where I grew up. From that memory, I can recall many precious moments with my family, friends and relatives. I want my children to have the same.”
A Frangipani Tree Customer

Some people, more likely those who have grown up in a cold climate, would be surprised to know there are more than several frangipani flower colours. Besides the common white (yellow centre) and the common pink (orange centre), frangipani flowers come in hundreds and possibly thousand of colour variations. The prettiest and the most unusual have been given names (some registered and some not) and have been enthusiastically propagated and replicated. See a list of our frangipani varieties.

Frangipani Species

Many people would be surprised to hear that there is more than one species of frangipani. In Melbourne, every frangipani is most likely to be a rubra (roo-bra). As you go north and the climate becomes warmer, the choice to grow other frangipani species becomes easier. In Northern Australia, mostly near the coast, numerous species of frangipani trees can be found.

Many people in Queensland have heard someone mention “the evergreen frangipani“. In the past, it referred to the frangipani obtusa, specifically the Singapore, however in recent years with its increase in popularity, many people call the Frangipani Pudica “the evergreen frangipani”.

Frangipani or Plumeria

In the plumeria genus, there are numerous species.

The terms Plumeria and frangipani are synonymous. In many countries, including the USA, many have never heard of “frangipani” and use only Plumeria. In Australia, we use the colloquial term “frangipani” however when naming species we use the botanical name “Plumeria”.

For example, people would say or write Plumeria obtusa more than Frangipani obtusa. In this example, it can also be abbreviated to P. obtusa.

Many languages, especially those spoken in tropical countries, have their own word for Plumeria.

Plumeria, or frangipani, is a small genus of plants in which there are only a few common species. The most common species of frangipani in Australia is the Frangipani rubra which is pronounced “roo-bra”. Some people associate the word rubra with the colour red but in this case, it’s best not to. There may be an historical link between the name “frangipani rubra” and the colour “red” but it’s unclear.

Drought Tolerant Frangipanis

Frangipanis have evolved in hot dry climates so that’s where they feel most comfortable. They have an amazing ability to get moisture from dry soil and retain it.

In Australia, many areas, including some populated residential areas, occasionally have hot and very dry summers which can destroy gardens and lawns. Established frangipanis can survive and even thrive in these tough conditions.

Many people with gardens become so busy with work and life, they find it hard to make time for gardening. Frangipanis, especially established trees, are hardy and low maintenance so they don’t need attention. They will come to live every spring and thrive and flourish throughout the warmer months.

Ordering Frangipanis Online

Even though we see value in all our frangipanis, many of them need more time to increase in size or to improve their shape.

We select our best and best value frangipanis to display and sell.

By looking at our frangipani trees online, you can quickly see photos, measurements and prices of our best available frangipani trees.

It’s our hope that browsing and ordering on our online shop is intuitive and fun. For more detailed instructions, we have a buying frangipanis online page.

At the time of writing, it’s possible to order and wait for us to confirm availability before making payment. Even if payment is voluntary made or a requirement (future possibility), we offer a full refund if the order is cancelled during the order and delivery confirmation process.