This iconic tropical small flowering tree is tough and adaptable with lovely cream to red flowers and glossy green leaves. It likes full sun and good drainage and is widespread across Australia down to Sydney. I have owned one in Melbourne in a sheltered position enjoying the heat of a north facing wall. The deciduous habit is a little unnerving, the tree loses all it’s leaves after the wet season, helping it to survive the extended dry season of the tropics and subtropics. The bare branches are quite architectural and by November it is back in leaf.
Originally from Hawaii the Frangipani flower provides a relationship status update that predates Facebook . If you wear one behind your right ear you are single and available, behind your left year and someone is already buying your drinks.
I enjoy the scent and the drifts of blossoms under the tree.
Another enjoyable feature of the tree is ease of propagation, no doubt one of the reasons for it’s wide spread popularity. If you break off a branch at the beginning of the dry season and let it harden for a few weeks it can be pushed straight into the ground and will happily reshoot. Thanks for showing us that one Uncle John! The new tree is a clone of the original so if you find a flower colour you really like you can use this method to match colours.
Do you have a Frangipani? How is it going in your garden?