The frangipani tree originated from Native America and is specifically planted by people because it does not grow in the wild. In India the frangipani is known as the tree of life, even if the branch is cut off from the tree it still keeps on flowering. The plumeria is a small deciduous tree with fragrant flowers which have a sensual and alluring aroma. The flowers also known as lei flowers are tubular in shape and can vary from traditional white to yellow and in some cases even pink or red in color. A frangipani bloom can retain its freshness for a number of days without wilting if kept in water; the flowers are much prized for their lovely scent.