Frangipani from seed update

This method of frangipani propagation is becoming popular with readers, and one of our readers, Margaret, has been kind enough to share some photos of her very successful efforts.


Why choose this method of propagation? Frangipani grown from seed grow more quickly than trees grown from cuttings and, in the same way a family of children or animals can inherit different combinations of their parents’ genes, plants grown from seed may demonstrate different characteristics of parent plants, sometimes resulting in spectacular new varieties. Plants grown from cuttings are an exact copy on one parent. Not only may the flowers vary in colour or form, we have found that the perfumes of different-coloured frangipani also vary.

We have multiple trees of four different frangipani and the orange one reminds me of the smell of ripe peaches, while the deep pink one has a sweet citrus smell, and the pale pink one hardly any perfume at all.


If your frangipani tree has produced a seed pod or two and you would like to try this method of propagation, you can find more information here: Frangipani trees from seed.

2 thoughts on “Frangipani from seed update

  1. Hi. Hope you can help me. I have a row of Frangipanis which were hit by hail and some of the tips of the branches were damaged to the point that they have lost their leaves and have gone soft to about half of the branch. (15 cms of the 30cms). I am afraid of trimming it because of the hot weather. Could you please advise me on the best way to proceed? I’ve been growing them for 9 years and would hate to lose them. Many thanks

    Claudia, the hail-affected branches will probably die back, and trimming off the soft parts usually won’t stop the process, as they would probably bleed a lot of sap at this time of year. Although it doesn’t look attractive, leave the damaged parts on the tree because the fact these trees are mature means that the tree will probably stimulate new growth and branches if you don’t trim them and lose sap. We have had trees damaged by storms in the past and noticed that, if nature is left to do its healing, the trees have sealed off the damage and produced new branches from just below the damage. You haven’t said where you live but, in most areas, there are still a couple of warm months for your trees to recover before dormancy. – Lyn

  2. Hi, I would be most grateful for your views on how I can safely move two enormous beautiful frangipani’s. Unfortunately I can’t wait until the end of winter so would welcome any alternative advice. Any help you can provide would be very much appreciated. Thanks

    Hi Byron, you can find general instructions here: Moving trees and shrubs. However, I cannot guarantee that they can be moved safely at this time of year. – Lyn

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