Information & resources about plants & gardens for Brisbane & Qld
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Frangipani

Plumeria species and cultivars

Family: Apocynaceae


Frangipani are one of the iconic flowers of the tropics. This page is intended to bring you information about this group of plants (and where to buy them), with particular reference to Queensland.



Nurseries supplying Frangipani plants to QLD

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May include online suppliers. For the most up-to-date information on plants in stock, opening hours, prices etc, be sure to visit the seller's website or contact the business directly.

 
RARE & EXOTIC FRANGIPANIS

Currumbin Valley, Qld
Mob: 0488 372 649
rarefrangipanis.com.au

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Rare & Exotic Frangipanis is a boutique frangipani tree nursery catering to landscapers, developers and discerning residential property owners.

Large supply of evergreen frangipanis (Plumeria obtusa Singapore White) in various sizes as well as Plumeria rubra in scores of different colours, shapes and sizes.

Delivery to the Gold Coast can be arranged on a day and time that suits, with a purpose-built trailer designed to transport frangipanis up to 2m high in perfect condition. (Larger trees and deliveries to Brisbane by Plant Delivery Service).

Select your tree from the online picture gallery at the WEBSITE or call 0488 FRANGY to arrange a visit to the nursery.
 
DROUGHT PROOF PLANTS

132 Silver Valley Road MS 415
Mount Garnet, Qld. 4872
Ph: (07) 4097 0065
sacredgardenfrangipanis.com
illustration Sacred Garden Frangipanis are a unique collection of over 300 Plumeria sourced from around the globe. The range includes a spectacular array of colours and forms, including true dwarf varieties and rare species.

Frangipani plants are available for purchase online from Drought Proof Plants as rooted cuttings and grafted plants.

Sacred Garden Brugmansias are Australia's best range of scented Brugmansia (Angel's Trumpets), brought to you by this country's only specialist Brugmansia breeders.

Unusual succulents also available, including Agaves, Sansevierias and Euphorbias. View the catalogue today at the WEBSITE.

THE FRANGIPANI GARDENS

Ellen Grove, Qld
(By Appointment)
Ph: (07) 3278 9332
P.O. Box 4356,
Forest Lake. Qld. 4078
ABN: 63 730 882 262
thefrangipanigardens@ecn.net.au
thefrangipanigardens.com.au
The Frangipani Gardens boast a vast range of Plumeria varieties, in many different colours, collected from across Australia and overseas.

Available as potted plants or cuttings from the nursery at Ellen Grove (near Forest Lake, southwest of Brisbane) or by mail order. Because of state quarantine restrictions we do not currently send plants/cuttings to WA and TAS.

The Nursery is open by appointment only. During your visit, you'll also be able to see trees growing in situ and talk with experienced growers. For more information, visit The Frangipani Gardens WEBSITE.

SUNSHINE COAST FRANGIPANI FARM

PO Box 93,
Bli Bli Qld, 4560
Ph: (07) 5448 4053
Mob: 04022 09856
www.frangipanifarm.com.au
Sunshine Coast Frangipani Farm specialises in the sale of advanced stock (not cuttings) to retail nurseries, landscape contractors and the general public, from 25 litre to 100 litre bagged trees. A range of colours & varieties is available, including Plumeria obtusa and P. pudica.

Cut flowers for weddings and other special occasions can be supplied.

Open by appointment only. A display garden showcases the many varieties available. Contact the Sunshine Coast Frangipani Farm to make an appointment or to request a price list. For more information, visit the WEBSITE.

FRANGIPLANTS

Burpengary, QLD
Ph: (07) 3888 1165
Fax: (07) 3888 9223
Mob: 0414 230 610
info@frangiplants.com.au
frangiplants.com.au
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FrangiPlants produce Plumeria (Frangipani) in a range of colours and sizes from 140mm pots to 150 litre bags.

Pots, bags and cuttings are available to the nursery trade, landscapers and the public.

For more information, photo gallery and growing tips, visit the FrangiPlants WEBSITE.


If you operate a frangipani nursery offering plants for sale to the public in Qld, or if you're a Qld garden centre with a particularly good selection of frangipani, please get in touch about advertising.

More Information

The most common types of Plumera in Queensland fall into two groups:

Plumeria rubra (P. acutifolia), which loses most or all of its leaves in winter in SE Qld. The most familiar flower colour found in local gardens is white with a yellow centre, but pinks and multi-tones are not uncommon. Many named cultivars are now available in a range of colour and petal variations.

The evergreen frangipani Plumeria obtusa is also becoming popular in modern landscapes. The flowers (most commonly white with a yellow eye) have more rounded petals.

Some cultivated types may, in reality, be hybrids of these or other Plumeria species. You may also find other Plumeria species on the market occasionally.

Frangipani rust (Coleosporium plumeriae) has unfortunately cursed Plumeria in Australia in recent decades. Although it will not kill the tree, it will be debilitating and looks awful, too. Picking up fallen, spore-bearing leaves and disposing of them in the rubbish bin will not prevent the disease but will reduce the potential for re-infection.

If you're looking for general information about frangipanni culture, check out the selection of links below.

If you're looking for places to buy frangipani in Qld, check the directory above for frangipani nurseries. These should be able to help if you're looking for a particular colour or named cultivar, or if you're a collector seeking rare or unusual types. However, your local garden centre will probably have some to get you started, provided you live in an area where they will grow.


Other plants which go under the common name "Frangipani"

The "Climbing Frangipani" is not a Plumeria, but Chonemorpha fragans (although it belongs to the same family, Apocynaceae. More information here: Chonemorpha fragans

The Australian "Native Frangipani" is not a Plumeria either. Hymenosporum flavum belongs to a different family, the Pittosporaceae. More information here: Hymenosporum


Another Australian native plant, Cerbera manghas, has also been called frangipani. See:
Plants of the Tip of Cape York at the Tropical Savannas CRC website
Cerbera manghas James Cook University, Qld
Pacific flora database of the National Tropical Botanical Garden, USA. Select Cerbera manghas from the "Choose A Plant" menu


Other Information Resources

Note that some varieties illustrated in international links may not be available in Australia (or may be known by a different name). If you're interested in obtaining similar varieties, contact an Australian frangipani nursery (some listed above) for further assistance.
Plumeria University of Hawaii at Manoa (PDF)
Plumeria in Hawaii University of Hawaii at Manoa (PDF)
the frangipani man Information and cultural advice from a frangipani enthusiast
Plumeria Rubra University of Florida (PDF)
Four Forms of Plumeria rubra Discusses the confused taxonomy of the rubra types. University of Florida (PDF)
Plumeria rubra Frangipani. University of Florida (PDF)
Frangipani (Plumeria rubra) Online Manual of Subtropical Landscaping Plants, Palm Beach Community College, Florida
Plumerias.com A variety of information including up-to-date news on international conferences and publications about Plumeria is available on this site.
Plumerias' photos A set of albums (assembled by Plumerias.com - see above) with lots to interest the plumeria fanatic
Frangipani for a tropical look University of Florida
P. rubra, P. obtusa, P. cubensis, P. stenphylla Part of the "Meet the Plants" Pacific flora database of the National Tropical Botanical Garden, USA (select from dropdown menu)
Photos and More Information about the Dean Conklin Plumeria Grove, Honolulu Botanical Gardens
Les Frangipaniers A website from Laos celebrating the country's national flower. Visit for the photographs, even if you don't speak French.
South Coast Plumeria Society, Southern California
A Plumeria Journal Notes about Plumeria culture in Northern California
Plumerias provide Hawaiian beauty Mississippi State University
Frangipani - Well Known Exotic Tropical Hendry County Horticulture News, Florida
Plumeria rubra (frangipani, cascalosuchil) Information about one of the natural habitats of Plumeria, including photographs. Research and Conservation in Southern Sonora, Mexico (Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum)
Plumeria rubra Conabio website, Mexico (PDF) This factsheet is in Spanish, but appears to have some useful information for those wishing to investigate the origins of Plumeria, including local names for the plant.
Plumeria (Frangipani) Photos of plumeria (including a some taken in Vietnam and Thailand) at www.flowerpictures.net
My frangipani won't bloom Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture
Relocating frangipanis at ourbrisbane.com
Growth response of Plumeria to photoperiod and gibberellic acid Reproduction of a 1963 article, Proceedings of the Florida State Horticultural Society (PDF)
Frangipani Rust at the Frangipani Society of Australia
Frangipani rust (Coleosporium plumeriae synonym C. domingense ) Queensland Department of Primary Industries
Plumeria Rust University of Hawaii (PDF)
Frangipani rust Coleosporium plumeriae Pat. Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)

Unusual Species
Many of the websites above may also contain information on the less commonly cultivated species
Plumeria pudica University of Florida (PDF)
Plumeria Pudica Bridal Bouquet, Fiddle Leaf Plumeria. University of Florida (PDF)
Snow-White Frangipani, Bridal Bouquet Frangipani (Plumeria pudica) Online Manual of Subtropical Landscaping Plants, Palm Beach Community College, Florida
Plumeria pudica Trees of Miami, Florida, USA
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Announces Plants of the Year for 2004 (includes some notes on Plumeria pudica) Botanic Gardens Conservation International
Plumeria pudica in: 2004 Fairchild Plants of the Year, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Florida (PDF)
P. rubra, P. obtusa, P. cubensis, P. stenphylla Part of the "Meet the Plants" Pacific flora database of the National Tropical Botanical Garden, USA (select from dropdown menu)
Plumeria alba White Frangipani, University of Florida (PDF)
Caribbean Frangipani (Plumeria alba) Nancy and Walker's Scrapbook
Caribbean Frangipani In The Wild Nancy and Walker's Scrapbook
Plumeria alba (Syn: P. hypoleuca) An unusual species common on the Virgin Islands. University of Florida (PDF)
Apocynaceae: Brown and now Scientific article about the classification of this family. Telopea (Journal of plant systematics)(PDF)

Propagation
Below are a selection of pages related to the topic of frangipani propagation. Many of the other sites listed above will also contain information about plumeria propagation.
How are plumerias propagated? Galveston County Master Gardener Association
Plumeria University of Hawaii at Manoa (PDF) Includes some notes on propagation by cuttings and seed.
Plumeria Seeds and Seedlings Plumeria Care Bulletin - Vol. 5 No. 2 (The Plumeria Society of America, Inc.)
Why grow frangipani trees from seed? Frangipani Society of Australia
PlumeriaTC.org Plumeria Tissue Culture Research
Plumeria in Southern California / Three types of graftings from Bud Guillot. 6/19/2002 a good photo demonstrating grafting techniques at www.flowerpictures.net
Hydroponic Rooting Project at "A Plumeria Journal"

Flowers, fragrance and floristry
Most of the general information sites and nurseries above have photographs of frangipani flowers. Those are good if shopping for new varieties to add to your collection, or if you help with identifiction of a tree in your yard.
The following pages look at the biology of flowers and flowering in more detail, commercial use of the blossoms in floral arrangements or perfumery, and other religious or cultural uses.
What is the True Plumeria Fragrance? Horticulture Digest, Flower and Nursery Information No. 102, August 1994. Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service, USA
Ethephon forces plumeria for winter flowering Cooperative Extension Service, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawaii at Manoa (PDF)
A Lei for All Seasons University of Hawaii at Manoa
Leis Some more interesting links about leis in general
ASEAN National Flowers (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) The plumeria (Dok Champa) is the national flower and offical symbol of Laos.

Frangipani in the landscape
Bromeliads under the red Frangipani Example of combining frangipani with bromeliads with a Balinese touch. Central Coast NSW Bromeliad Society
2000/01 Horticulture Technical Annual Report Department of Primary Industry, Fisheries and Mines, Northern Territory (refers to some work on new dwarf varieties)

Possible Misspellings: frangipanni, frangpani, frangpanni, farngipani, franipani, franipanni, plumaria

Pictures

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Just a few examples of Plumeria rubra flowers. The variety is almost endless.

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Still leafless in mid-September (Salisbury, Brisbane 2013)

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New flower clusters and leaves beginning to emerge in late September (Acacia Ridge, Brisbane 2015)

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Seedpods and healthy foliage

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Leaves heavily infected with rust at the end of the season (Sunnybank, Brisbane, late April 2017)
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