Hymenosporum_flavum.jpg (48022 bytes)Hymenosporum flavum: is a member of the Pittosporaceae family and is universally known as Native Frangipani.

This tall shrub is said to reach a height of 20 metres. The specimen, in our garden, has reached three metres. The height is probably limited by our cold climate.

Leaves are up to 15 centimetres long, by six centimetres wide, lanceolate, dark green above and pale green beneath.

Flowers are carried in clusters at the ends of branches. They are tubular, about three centimetres long, pale cream then ageing to orange-yellow. There are forms whose blooms have reddish tones. Flowers are conspicuous, profuse and very fragrant. The perfume is identical to the aroma of the exotic Frangipani (hence the common name). Late spring and early summer is the flowering period.

Hymenosporum flavum is found in coastal, tablelands and western slopes areas in New South Wales as well as Queensland and New Guinea. The species grows in or near rainforest or wet sclerophyll forests. Our specimen manages to survive and thrive because it is sheltered in one of our dense shrubberies. In the Tamworth area, northern New South Wales, the Native Frangipani is grown as a specimen plant. We remember a magnificent plant, some years ago, growing in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens.

Propagate from seed or cuttings. Seed should be fresh.

 

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