When this deciduous tropical tree is grown from seed, it will take three years or more to bloom. The seeds will cross-pollinate, so you aren’t guaranteed that the seed you collected from one specimen will bloom like it did. This is a long time to invest in a plant and not know if it will fit well in your landscape.
The dark purple-black growth that looks much like a thin eggplant is a Frangipani seedpod.
I have a few Frangipani volunteers growing in one bed right now, but had not seen the split seed pod before now. It looks more like a sculpture than seeds!
Due to the length to flower and cross-pollination of its seeds, I think this plant is best propagated from cuttings. The “cloned” plant bloom exactly like the parent. As I mentioned earlier, Frangipani has milky white sap. Allow at least a week for the cut end to dry before you plant it in dirt. Don't worry if you get busy or forget about it, the cutting will last a long, long time. Today I sent my daughter home to Austin with a couple of stems that have been scarring over since last fall.
Jan Always Growing
Very nice and deserving of its own post! Frangipangi is not a flower I've tried to grow but recently I've been tempted by a few bloggers do a fine job with the beautiful bloomers.
Glad you remembered to take some photos and share it with us.
Meems - One thing to consider when you put in a frangipani. For about 3 months it will be completely bare - it's a very sculptural look, but that doesn't change the fact that it is completely bare. Let us know if you add one to your beautiful gardens!
Jan - I agree - it's definitely one of my favorite blooms!
Just spent some very enjoyable time browsing your blog - the frangipani information may have been just the push I needed to grow them. And, your ladybug/aphid post was absolute perfection - information AND great photos. Thank you!
Mary Beth, this is interesting to see a seedpod of the frangipani. I have never seen any of mine set seeds. I always grew and grow them from cuttings.
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