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Oleander Tree

Nerium oleander

  • ​Common Name: Oleander Tree
  • Scientific Name: Nerium oleander
  • Family Name: Apocynaceae
  • Origin: native to the Mediterranean
  • Height: 8’ – 10’
  • Width: 4’ – 6’
  • Growth: medium to rapid, can grow 1’ – 2’ or even more in a year.
  • Zone: 8A - 11
  • Light Needs: Full Sun
  • Salt Tolerance:  moderate to very tolerant
  • Soil/PH/Texture: grow in almost every soil, mildly acidic – mildly alkaline (pH 6.1 – 7.8)
  • Soil Moisture: average water, regular but do not over water
  • Drought Tolerance: very – can use some water during the hottest or driest parts of the year but try to water roots and not the leaves.
  • Pests/Diseases: susceptible to bacterial infections, particularly oleander knot disease and the potentially fatal bacterial leaf scorch and the worst would be the Oleander Moth or rather its offspring.
  • Growing Conditions: easy to grow and low maintenance
  • Characteristics: Leaves are medium green or variegated. Blooms can be Pink, Red, or White, are fragrant, 1” – 2”, and bloom year-round repeatedly.
  • Propagation: by softwood or semi-hardwood cuttings and air or tip layering
  • Wildlife: attracts bees and butterflies
  • Facts: all parts of this plant are poisonous if ingested and never use as firewood for a campfire cooking!
  • Designer Considerations: use as a specimen tree/bush, windbreak, hedge, accent, border, in a median, residential, or business property, and along a driveway or a sidewalk.

Oleander Tree