Frangipani (Plumeria rubra) are popular, especially in older gardens in this country and have been here for so long that it is easy to think they belong here. However, like a number of ornamental trees here they are exotic, apparently originating from Mexico, Central America, Colombia and Venezuela. They are fairly innocuous as alien vegetation goes.

Their popularity in tropical and sub-tropical gardens probably stems from the sweet fragrance of their flowers which last throughout the summer.  Here you can see a cluster of buds about to open.

These ones open to a pale creamy pink.

While others are a dark pink.

The attractive trees are covered with long leaves.


15 thoughts on “FRANGIPANI

  1. These are lovely scented trees and your photographs are beautiful. Frangipani trees always remind me of holidays at the coast. The ‘toad tree’ (I forget the botanical name) is a lovely fragrant indigenous tree, the flowers of which always remind me of the Frangipani.


    • Thank you for reminding me of the Toad Tree – you are right about the similarity in the fragrance of the flowers. I haven’t seen one for years.


  2. My first and only time encountering plumeria was in Hawaii, and I think their scent alone would have made the trip worthwhile! I know some of my friends in southern California have the trees, but… I probably go there as seldom as Hawaii. I’m trying to conjure up that olfactory memory right now! They are beautiful to the eye, too…. Thank you!!


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