Frangipani

Plumeria
Frangipani
Family Apocynaceae
Approximately 8 species of deciduous to semi-deciduous trees and shrubs.
Leaves are simple, alternate & entire; stems are thick and fleshy; foliage is often scarce except at the ends of the stems.
The flowers, which are often large and colourful emerge at the growing tips.
Grown predominantly in tropical and sub-tropical areas for their showy, fragrant flowers.
It can be used to provide summer shade for nearby plants, while allowing light to penetrate when leaves drop in winter.

Moist, but well drained, fertile soils are required for best results. Warm climates are preferable, as it is frost tender (they have been successfully grown in the south of Australia in positions protected from frost). Full sun is preferred though it is fairly adaptable. In cooler climates it is sometimes also be grown as a hothouse plant. Regular feeding, and mulching are beneficial. Stem cuttings that are allowed to seal themselves in a cool shaded spot before planting. Frangipani may be attacked by scale, and in turn develop sooty mould. Drenching with soapy water above and below leaves should provide control. Diseases can include rust, and in wet conditions wood or stem rots which can be followed by borers attacking the rotting tissues. Provide good drainage to minimize this problem.

 

Cultivars

P. rubra - A frost tender, deciduous tree to 5m tall, with long, pointed, thick leaves, fleshy stems, and scented flowers of varying colour. P. rubra "acutifolia" is a commonly grown variety with yellow & white flowers.

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