Frangipani Species & Colours
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name for Frangipani is
Plumeria stenophylla and Plumeria pudica.
The Common Frangipani Species
The most common frangipani species in Melbourne,
Sydney and Brisbane is the plumeria rubra. The
white flower, which has a yellow centre and is
also known as p. acutifolia, is the most common
colour with the pink and tricolour (rainbow)
varieties close behind.
The high number of frangipani rubra reflects its
suitability and tolerance for climates in those
areas. People often prefer rubras because they
are more likely to survive in colder climates,
because they are often considered to be the
"traditional frangipani" (especially the white)
and the flowers have the most beautiful and
The "Evergreen" Frangipani
Another species of frangipani which is very
popular in the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Sunshine
Coast is the plumeria obtusa (aka. Singapore White). The
Singapore White has glossy leaves and larger
flowers than the traditional white. Obtusas are often referred to as
"evergreens" because in tropical climates they
keep their leaves all year round.
In order for obtusas to keep their leaves
throughout the winter, they need favourable
conditions. It is recommended that frangipanis
are planted on the north side (Southern
Hemisphere) of the house or building so nothing
obstructs the sun coming from the north
(especially during the winter). Walls and paths
which hold and reflect the heat onto
frangipani plants are useful too.
Plumeria obtusas are more tropical than other
frangipanis which means they are also more
sensitive to the cold. The third point to
consider when selecting where to plant your
frangipani is protection from above. Tall
buildings and tall trees prevent or reduce
frosts from settling below.
Plumeria Obtusa (aka. Singapore Petite Pink) is a dwarf
variety which means it grows to only about 4m in
tropical areas and less in subtropical areas.
The flower is smaller than other frangipani
flowers and the pink is a pale pink. Singapore
Pinks are popular amongst some garden
enthusiasts because they are so rare in
There are other plumeria rubra varieties which
have the same characteristics as common rubras
(as described above in paragraph 1). We sell reds, hot
pinks (aka. cerise) and yellows. These three colour varieties
and almost uniform in colour. The colours cover
100% or almost 100% of the flower.
We have been building up our stock of the
mysterious Bali Whirl for a number of years and
we now have enough to be able to sell them.
The Bali Whirl is similar to a common white
however it has a double flower.
(inc. Everlasting Love)
The third species of frangipani which we sell is
the Plumeria pudica. We've been selling the
white pudica (aka.
Everlasting Love) for a number of years. The leaf of the
Everlasting Love is like a spade shape at the end and is
sometimes called "the hammerhead". The flowers
appear more fluffy than those of the rubra and
the obtusa but are not fragrant. Like the
Singapore white, the pudica flowers sometimes
appear from a distance to be all white in bright
The Everlasting Love grows more vertical than
other frangipani species, produces more branches
and flowers and grows more like a bush. We've
found that annual pruning improves the shape and
bushiness of the plant. They are
evergreen, fast growing and quite hardy. It is
no surprise that our annual frangipani pudica
orders are increasing more than any other frangipani
varieties. A necessity for any frangipani
The other Pudica is known as the Pink Pudica.
Even though they share a similar name, the pink
pudica has quite different features to the white
pudica. Even though the buds start as a pale
pink and there is often pale pink on the outer
side of the flower petals, the pink is pale and
fades to white.
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