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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

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

Frangipanis and Plumeria

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”. Even though rubra means red in Latin, almost all of the beautiful frangipani flower colours are Rubra.

Drought Tolerant Frangipanis

Low Maintenance, Drought Resistant 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 can experience hot and very dry summers which can destroy gardens and lawns. Established frangipanis can survive and even thrive in these tough conditions.

Many people make great progress with their gardens but become busy with work and family and unfortunately don’t find the time to work and maintain their gardens . Frangipanis, especially established trees, are hardy and low maintenance so they don’t need attention. They will come to life every spring and thrive and flourish throughout the warmer months.

Follow this link to find out which frangipani species are the hardiest.

Ordering Frangipanis Online

Buy Frangipanis Online

We select our best and best value frangipanis to display and sell. The rest of our frangipanis are stored in sections which could be called our “production areas” where they grow bigger and stronger each year until they get selected to be sold.

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, our online shop allows customers to select frangipani trees and place an order without payment. Payment instructions are automatically emailed to the customer but each customer has a choice to wait for us to check each frangipani and confirm their order OR pay sooner. Either way, we offer a full refund if the order is cancelled before transportation has been booked in.