Native frangipani

Native Frangipani

Common name Native Frangipani
Botanical name Hymenosporum flavum
Family Pittosporaceae
Natural range QLD, NSW
Mature height to 15m
Form Upright, moderately spreading
Likes Tolerates drought and compacted soils
Dislikes Deep shade
Where to plant Sunny spot or part-shade
Known for Lovely flowers and bird-attractant

What Makes the Hymenosporum a Gardener’s Delight?

The Native Frangipani, or Hymenosporum flavum, is a tree that’s hard not to fall in love with. A part of the Pittosporaceae family, this tree is native to the warmer regions of Queensland and New South Wales. With its ability to grow up to a staggering 15m, this tree offers an upright, moderately spreading form that can charm any gardener.

Does the Frangipani Like Sun or Shade?

Interestingly, the Native Frangipani isn’t picky about its environment. It’s perfectly content in a sunny spot or part-shade, making it an ideal choice for almost any garden. While it’s not a fan of deep shade, it displays an admirable resilience against drought and compacted soils. And let’s not forget its lovely flowers, which are sure to lure in birds and transform your garden into a lively, colourful paradise.

What Resemblance Does the Native compare with the Exotic Frangipani?

On a closer look, the yellow-orange blooms of the Native Frangipani might remind you of its ‘traditional’ exotic counterpart. Both of these plants share a significant similarity – their seed pods. In fact, they’re so easy to germinate from seeds that you can grow them in your own garden post-flowering season!

How Does the Hymenosporum Behave in Tropical and Subtropical Areas?

In its natural tropical habitat, the Native Frangipani can reach staggering heights of 25m with a stem diameter exceeding 30cm. However, when it ventures further south, it assumes a more compact form. In cultivation, these trees usually form a slender and upright structure, reaching between 8-12m.

Why is the Native Frangipani’s Blooming Season So Special?

The Native Frangipani puts up an impressive show during its blooming season, which begins in early spring. Its fragrant flowers start off as cream-coloured and gradually darken to a deep sulphur yellow-orange before they drop. It’s not just the beauty of these flowers that’s captivating, but also their allure to birds, bees, and nectar-eating animals. If you’re aiming to make your garden a favourite hangout for these species, the Native Frangipani is your go-to tree!

Can the Native Frangipani Survive in Dry Climates?

Native Frangipani trees have won hearts across Australia, and for good reason. These sturdy trees can thrive in dry climates, provided they receive supplementary water. They are comfortable growing in most well-drained soils, though they do prefer a high organic content. While these plants flower best in open, sunny positions, they can also grow successfully in areas of part-shade.

Fascinating Facts:
  1. The Native Frangipani’s blooms resemble those of the ‘traditional’ exotic Frangipani.
  2. The Native Frangipani can grow up to 25m in its natural tropical habitat.
  3. These trees are a favourite among birds, bees, and nectar-eating animals.
Links for Further Reading:
  1. Growing Native Frangipani from Seed
  2. Making Your Garden Attractive for Birds with Native Frangipani
  3. Native Frangipani in Dry Climates
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