Native Frangipani and Its Fragrant Flowers

by Australian Flowers

Did you know that Australia has its native frangipani? Yep, that’s right – their very own version of this beloved plant grows wild in northern Queensland.

Let’s dive into everything you need to know about Australia’s native frangipani tree, from how to grow it in your garden to the benefits it provides for our local wildlife.

Native Frangipani Tree

The native frangipani tree is one of Australia’s most famous scented plants. It is also a food source for our native birds and bees.

This tree is an evergreen that can grow up to 20 metres tall. Native frangipani trees have large, dark green leaves and beautiful white or pink flowers. The flowers have a strong sweet fragrance that can be enjoyed in spring and summer.

Uses and Benefits 

Native Frangipani Tree

Native frangipani trees (or ‘plumeria’) are famous for their beautiful, fragrant flowers. They’re a popular garden choice and make an excellent addition to any home. The tree has many uses and benefits

They look great, but native frangipani trees are also great for the environment. They’re a food source for birds and bees, and their flowers are known to attract butterflies.


The hedge of the Native Frangipani Tree is a trendy plant in Australia. Birds and bees love it for its sweet smell and beautiful flowers. However, there are a few things to know before planting this tree.


This plant is used for fragrant oil and perfumes. All parts of the plant are aromatic, but the flowers are especially so. Native frangipanis often bloom several times a year. The fragrant flowers attract bees, birds, and other pollinators.

Other Uses

Other uses for frangipani trees include a living fence, a privacy screen or a specimen tree in the garden. They can also be pruned into shapes and make excellent container plants.

Let’s dive into other uses for frangipani trees.

Street trees

Street trees are an essential part of our urban environment, providing shade and beauty while also helping to combat pollution and noise. But with so many different species, it can be hard to know which one is right for your street.

Erosion control

It helps prevent soil erosion thanks to an intense deep root system. It is also a traditional remedy for numerous ailments such as headaches, colds, stomach pains, and diarrhea.

Playground friendly

Native Frangipani Tree

This is not just a pretty face. The Native Frangipani is also a resilient and adaptable tree, making it ideal for planting in public spaces such as parks and playgrounds. It’s also one of the few trees that can tolerate salt spray, making it perfect for coastal areas.

Attracts Wildlife

The frangipani tree is an excellent source of nectar for birds and bees, making it an essential plant for our local wildlife. Native frangipanis are also an important food source for the koala.

Position & Soil

Frangipanis are sun lovers and prefer humus-rich, well-drained soil. They are pretty drought-tolerant once established.


The flower of the frangipani tree is one of its most defining features. This tree produces large, scented flowers popular with birds and bees. The flower comprises five petals, ranging from white to pink to purple. In the centre of the flower is a yellow stamen, which is responsible for producing the tree’s pollen.

Climate Zone

The climate zone is an important consideration when planting a frangipani tree. Native frangipanis are best suited to tropical and subtropical regions with high humidity and consistent moisture. They will not tolerate extended periods of drought or cold weather.

Ph Level

The Ph Level of the soil is essential to the Native Frangipani. This plant grows best in slightly acidic to neutral soils, with a Ph Level between 6.0 and 7.5.

Soil Type

The frangipani tree grows best in sandy soils with good drainage. If your soil is clay-based, consider amending it with sand or other organic matter to improve drainage. The tree’s roots are shallow, so the soil mustn’t be too dense.

Soil Moisture

The frangipani tree loves moisture and can tolerate wet soils but will not thrive in soggy conditions. The ideal soil is a sandy loam that is moist but well-drained. Consider amending your soil with organic matter to improve drainage if your soil is heavy clay.

Propagation Method 

Propagation Method of Native Frangipani Tree

Frangipani can be propagated by seed or cuttings. Seeds need to be fresh to germinate, so it is best to plant them as soon as they are ripe. The seedlings are slow-growing, so be patient!

Cuttings are the easiest way to propagate frangipani and produce a plant identical to the parent. Take a cutting from a healthy branch at least 10cm long. Strip off the lower leaves and dip the cut end in the rooting hormone. Plant the cutting in moist, well-drained soil and keep it warm and humid until new growth appears.


The sunlight requirements for frangipanis are not too demanding. They will grow in full sun or part shade, but they flower best when they receive some direct sunlight each day. In scorching climates, it’s best to provide some afternoon shade to prevent leaf scorch.

Frost Tolerance

Frangipanis are generally quite tolerant of frost and can withstand temperatures as low as -5C. However, young plants or those that have not been acclimatized to colder conditions may be damaged by frost.

In these cases, it is best to protect the plant by covering it with a cloth or placing it in a sheltered spot.

Plant Environment

They are often seen in rainforests, woodlands and along the coast. They grow best in well-lit areas with plenty of space to spread out. Native frangipanis are tough and can survive in various climates, from humid to arid.

Growth Habit

The frangipani tree is a fast grower and can reach heights of up to 20 metres. Native frangipanis are found in rainforests and woodlands throughout Australia.

Frangipanis are easily recognizable by their large, glossy leaves and beautiful flowers that bloom from spring to summer. The flowers come in various colours, including white, pink, yellow and red.

How to Plant and Care for Native Frangipanis

To plant your frangipani tree, choose a location with full sun and well-drained soil. Native frangipanis tolerate many soils but prefer sandy or loamy soils.

When planting, dig a hole twice the width of the root ball and mix in some compost or well-rotted manure. Gently remove the tree from its pot and place it in the hole, ensuring the root ball is level with the surrounding soil. Backfill the hole with soil and water well. Frangipanis are drought tolerant once established but will benefit from regular watering during their first year or two. Apply a thick layer of mulch around the base of the tree to help retain moisture.


Native Frangipani Tree Flowers

Here are some valuable tips for growing native frangipani trees:

  • Native frangipani trees are best suited to gardens in tropical and subtropical regions.
  • Give your tree a well-drained soil mix and plenty of space to grow.
  • Water regularly, especially during dry periods.
  • Apply a Native Frangipani Tree Grow Guide fertilizer during the growing season.
  • Protect your tree from strong winds and hot sun.
  • Native frangipani trees are relatively low maintenance and require little pruning.

Following these tips, you should have no problem growing a healthy and beautiful native frangipani tree in your garden!

Frequently Asked Questions about the Tree

Are frangipani trees native to Australia?

No, frangipani trees are not native to Australia. They are native to Central and South America. However, they have been growing in Australia for centuries and can now be found all over the country.

Where is the best place to plant a frangipani tree?

They can be planted in a container or directly into the ground.
Frangipanis like full sun or part sun and well-drained soil. They can be planted in a container or directly into the ground. When growing in the background, dig a hole twice as wide as the pot and just as deep. Remove the tree from the bank and loosen the roots before placing it in the spot. Fill in with soil and pack down gently before watering. Frangipanis need water regularly, especially during hot weather, but don’t overwater; otherwise, you’ll end up with root rot. Fertilize once a month with a balanced fertilizer diluted to half strength.

How fast does a frangipani tree grow?

A frangipani tree can grow as fast as 1 foot per month!
Frangipani trees are straightforward to care for and can be grown in various climates. They grow best in full sun but can also tolerate light shade. As long as you provide them with plenty of water and fertilize them regularly, your frangipani tree will proliferate and produce beautiful flowers year-round.

Why frangipani is poisonous?

The Frangipani genus contains about 140 flowering plants in the family Apocynaceae, native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas, Africa, Madagascar, and Asia.
The milky latex sap of some species contains cardiac glycosides, which can be toxic if ingested. The most common symptoms of poisoning are vomiting and diarrhoea. These symptoms can also be caused by other things that people eat, so it is impossible to say whether a particular incident was caused by Frangipani ingestion without laboratory testing. However, ingesting small quantities of the sap is unlikely to cause serious harm, while larger quantities may lead to more severe problems.

Do frangipanis lose their leaves in winter in Australia?

Frangipanis (Plumeria spp.) are deciduous plants that lose their leaves in winter. This usually happens in subtropical and tropical areas from mid-winter to early spring.
Frangipanis grown in temperate climates (such as much of Australia) will also lose their leaves in winter, but the time frame may be a little later – from late winter to early spring. Some frangipani cultivars can tolerate cooler temperatures and will not drop their leaves in winter, but most will lose their foliage if the temperature drops below about 10 degrees Celsius.

Is frangipani poisonous to dogs?

Yes, frangipani flowers and leaves are poisonous to dogs. Symptoms of poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea, and weakness. If you think your dog has ingested frangipani, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Are Australian native frangipanis deciduous?

Yes, they are deciduous trees. The leaves fall off the tree in Autumn (usually in March or April).
Frangipanis are ornamental trees that are native to Australia. They are deciduous trees, which means their leaves fall off the tree in Autumn (usually in March or April). The flowers are fragrant and come in various colours, including pink, red, white, and yellow.

Does native frangipani have invasive roots?

Yes, it has been found to have invasive roots. In some cases, the roots can grow up to 10 feet long and can damage sidewalks, pavement, and garden walls.
It’s essential to be aware of this before planting a frangipani tree, as the roots can cause much damage if they’re not controlled. It’s also important to note that frangipani trees are not frosted tolerant, so they should only be planted in areas where temperatures stay above freezing year-round.

Can I plant frangipani cutting straight into the ground?

Yes, you can plant frangipani cutting straight into the ground. Frangipanis are very forgiving plants and will grow in most soil types. However, it’s essential to water them well during the first few months after planting to help them get established.
Frangipanis don’t require a lot of pruning, but it’s a good idea to occasionally remove any dead or diseased branches to keep the plant healthy. They also bloom best when given plenty of sunlight, so place your frangipani in a sunny spot.

Is Seasol good for frangipani?

Yes, Seasol is good for frangipani. Frangipani (Plumeria Rubra) is a tropical and subtropical flowering plant native to Mexico and Central America. The flowers are used in making leis.
Seasol stimulates rooting and helps plants resist stress such as transplanting shock, drought, frost and salinity. It also helps to improve the flavour of fruits and vegetables.

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