Best known as a small tree featuring fragrant white blooms with distinctive yellow centres, frangipanis actually come in more than 300 different varieties.
Native to Central America and Mexico, frangipanis belong to the Plumeriagenus and are a small to medium deciduous tree.
Frangipanis have glossy dark green foliage, and the stems and leaves contain milky white sap. The flowers come in shades of pink, yellow, orange, red and even purple.
Relatively slow growing, the majority reach up to about eight metres high and four metres wide, making them a great choice for small gardens.
The dwarf varieties are ideal for growing in pots.
As frangipanis are frost tender they grow well in warm coastal areas, but with a bit of TLC can be container grown in slightly cooler zones.
They are very tolerant of dry conditions and once established they don’t really need much watering except during long periods of drought.
Frangipanis can cope with light sea breezes but prefer protection from strong winds.
In cooler climates, it’s essential to give them the warmest and sunniest spot in the garden.
If grown in pots, move them to a sheltered area in late autumn, in a north-facing position against a brick wall where at night the tree will get the heat stored from the day.
A frangipani tree is perfect for creating summer shade and letting in winter sun when its leaves drop.
Hang small baskets planted with brightly coloured pansies or petunias from the branches of a bare tree in winter to brighten up the garden.
TIP: The variety with yellow-throated white flowers is the most commonly grown and earliest to flower.