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Frangipani Species & Colours

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The botanical name for Frangipani is Plumeria.
We grow
Plumeria rubra, Plumeria obtusa,
Plumeria stenophylla and Plumeria pudica.

Plumeria Rubra
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 strongest fragrance.

Plumeria Obtusa
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.

Rare Frangipani Varieties
The pink 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 Australia.

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.

Bali Whirl
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.

Plumeria Pudica (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 sunlight.

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 collection.

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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