Frangipani Care

Tips on Growing the Frangipani Tree


The frangipani tree is an amazing plant that produces beautiful flower bloom. The colorful bloom of these flowers sets the stage of having the feeling of being in the tropics with an amazing fragrance which makes this plant a must for your garden and landscapes. This garden beauty can be seen growing on a wide scale in tropical regions, as I move about the country one of the things which I often notice is that the frangipani is used in so many home gardens and commercial landscapes.

Frangipani trees can give you the colors that you are looking for especially in a garden where there is a lot of green which can really highlight that area. The frangipani tree is native to Central America which grows quite fast and can reach heights of up to 30 ft. So continue reading as you learn how to grow and care for this tropical beauty that has made its mark and a name for itself.

Planting Location

When installing your frangipani tree look for a location that gets lots of sunlight, this tree can get up to 30 ft so provide sufficient space for your plant.

Soil Type

The soil type of the frangipani should be soil that drains well. These plants do not like wet feet because poorly drained soil will encourage root rot.

Watering Methods

Water frequently so your tree can keep its leaves and flowers but remember not to overwater. Allow the soil to dry out a bit between watering before watering again.

Fertilizing Methods

Because frangipani produces flowers in a cluster the use of a fertilizer that is high in phosphorous will encourage flower bloom. Before applying fertilizers read and follow the manufacturer’s label because the label is the law, 1o-30-10 is a great choice.

Garden insect pests of the frangipani tree

Keep a watch for these garden insect pests.

  • Mealybugs
  • Whiteflies
  • White scale insects
  • Aphids

These garden insect pests cause damage by piercing the plant’s leaves and sucking the fluids. Sooty mold may also develop from the excrement of these insect pests. The use of insecticidal soaps and horticultural oils will bring these garden insect pests under control. Before applying chemicals read and follow the manufacturer’s label because the label is the law.

  • Caterpillars

Caterpillars cause damage by eating parts of the plant leaves. Hand-picking and throwing them in a bucket of soapy water will eliminate them.

Diseases of the frangipani tree

Be on the lookout for these diseases root rot and rust.

  • Root Rot
  • Rust

Root Rot

Root rot is caused when your plant is getting too much water and also if the soil is poor drain soil. To control root rot discontinue watering your frangipani until the soil dries out completely also the use of a fungicide may offer some help.


Moisture will encourage rust, the signs of rust include brown spots and wilting of the leaves. To bring this disease under control discontinuing watering until the soil dries out.

Ideas on where to install the frangipani tree

Here are a few ideas on where to install these plants.

1. These garden beauties can be used as a stand-alone or specimen plant.

2. Looks great installed as a backdrop in a garden bed.

3. Can be planted alongside a wall.

4. Install on the side of your door entrance, install 6-8 ft your door is sufficient space.

5. Installing them along a fenced area will work wonders.

6. The frangipani can be used as a centerpiece in a garden plant bed.

  Container grown frangipani tree

When potting frangipani the cuttings should be about 12 inches, It is best to use large containers anywhere from 3-7 gallon for proper root development. The containers should have drain holes to allow water to drain. A potting mix that is well-drained will help your cuttings to develop properly. Place the container in an area that gets full sunlight, ensure that the soil does not dry out completely because this time is critical for the development of the plant’s root. When your frangipani cuttings reach 2 feet or taller they can be transplanted into their permanent spot.

Pruning the frangipani tree

Pruning your frangipani tree will help to keep your plant healthy and growing at its best. Prune branches that are diseased, damaged, or maybe a security issue. Lopper shears or a bypass pruner are great tools to have for this job. When removing branches make clean flush cuts back to the trunk also the branch can be trimmed back to its joining point. After pruning operation clean the blades of the tool with a cloth that was soaked in bleach and water, dry the blades, and spray the blades with WD 40.

Additional Information

1. The frangipani has sappy wood.

2. The sap or the milk is said to be poisonous.

3. The leaves of the frangipani begin to fall in early winter.

4. The flowers of the frangipani come in an array of colors.

6. It is believed that the leaves of the frangipani are used for medical reasons.

7. The frangipani has a genus of 7-8 species.

8. The wood of the frangipani is said to make furniture.

The final word

What are your thoughts about the frangipani, this tropical-sub tropical beauty can work wonders? The colorful flower bloom of this plant can give that tropical feeling as well as appearance. As said earlier I live in a tropical region and these plants can be seen just about everywhere that you go. If you live in a region that is considered to be tropical then taking advantage of this plant has its benefits. Join the many homeowners from around the world as you make the frangipani a part of your garden and landscapes I promise you-you will be glad that you did like the rainbow colors of these plants give that WOW. With that said let’s go ahead and install a few of these garden wonders.


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Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
his vast array of hints and tips you will find scattered over this site will help you no end growing plants in your garden.