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Somewhat like an olive tree with clusters of large whorled flowers, the oleander has a Mediterranean mystique. It grows into a large open shrub that forms an attractive screen. Colder-climate gardeners can grow this subtropical in containers and overwinter it indoors. Use caution around children and pets, as all parts of the plant are highly poisonous.
Oleander prefers moist, well-drained soil and a sunny location outdoors. In the Southwest, oleander is susceptible to a bacterial disease carried by the glassy-winged sharpshooter, an imported pest. Affected parts of the plant can be pruned out with clippers disinfected between each cut.
From 8 to 20 feet
3-10 feet wide
how to grow Oleander
more varieties for Oleander
'Hardy Pink' oleander
Nerium 'Hardy Pink' forms an open, upright plant that grows 15 feet tall and 10 feet wide with clusters of rose-pink flowers all summer. Zones 9-11
'Mrs. Lucille Hutchings' oleander
Nerium 'Mrs. Lucille Hutchings' is a large variety with showy, peachy-pink double flowers. It grows 20 feet tall and 10 feet wide. Zones 9-11
'Pink Beauty' oleander
Nerium 'Pink Beauty' bears large, clear-pink flowers that have little to no fragrance. It grows 20 feet tall and 12 feet wide, and tolerates light frosts better than most oleander varieties. Zones 9-11
Nerium 'Tangier' produces light pink blooms on a big shrub to 20 feet tall and 10 feet wide. Zones 10-11
Nerium 'Album' offers white flowers throughout the summer on a big plant to 18 feet tall and 10 feet wide. Zones 10-11