- Category: Drought Tolerant, Flowering Shrub
- Mature Height: 3-4′
- Mature Width: 3-4′
- Light Requirements: Full Sun
- Water Requirements: Moderate to Little Water
- Hardiness Zones: 10, 11, 8, 9
This fast growing evergreen shrub performs beautifully as a landscape anchor plant, a natural screen, or planted along highway medians. Standard oleanders flower in shades of red, pink, and white, but other colors and varieties are available. Plants begin blooming in early summer and continue through mid-autumn. The flowers of the oleander form 2” blossoms in large showy clusters on the new growth of the plant. While their flowers don’t actually provide nectar, they trick pollinators such as bees and moths to pollinate them. When the shrubs are not blooming, their leathery-green leaves are very attractive and give your landscape a tropical flair. Oleanders are typically evergreen but can lose foliage or die back to the ground when they are exposed to temperatures below 20 degrees F. Often, plants will flush back from the root zone once temperature warm again in spring. Oleanders can also handle radiant heat very well from nearby walls and pavements and are very drought tolerant. Oleanders can grow in a variety of soil types but require good drainage. If you need to prune or shape your oleander be sure to do it in early spring to avoid loss of flowers.
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We spend quite a bit of time looking for cold-hardy forms of plants that should not survive here, and oleander selections have provided some interesting results. After our minus 9 F winter in 1984, we were able to find three colors of oleander growing locally that had survived the freeze. While they may show foliar damage after severe winters, these oleander can be cleaned up by pruning and will resprout quickly in spring.
It is important to establish oleander plants early in the season in zone 7, and remember that planting in microclimates (warm pockets) will also help with hardiness. Oleander tolerates a wide variety of soils as well as a maritime climate but requires full sun. Established plants have an extensive root system and are somewhat drought-tolerant, but container plants need lots of water. Although it can grow to 20′, most people trim oleander to a 6-10′ shrub.
The genus Nerium is a monotypic (just one species, Nerium oleander) evergreen shrub that is native to Asia, North Africa, and Europe. Nerium oleander is in the same plant family as vinca and mandevilla, and you can see the family resemblance in the brightly colored, flared, tube-shaped flowers. The genus name nerium comes from the Greek “nerion” (wet) and is related to the Neriads, fairies that inhabited the ocean. Nerium grows abundantly in wet places along the Mediterranean coastline. The name oleander comes from “Olea”, the genus name of olives, whose leaves are similar. Oleander leaves are very toxic, so deer leave them alone. When you are ready to buy nerium for your garden, check out our online offering of nerium for sale.
Please note that all parts of Nerium oleander are toxic. The sap of the plant will cause a skin rash, and a child that eats just one leaf can die from the poison. Even the smoke from burning nerium branches is deadly.
Bright, Healthy Blooms without a Hassle!
If summertime floral beauty in an array of vibrant red color sounds like too much maintenance, think again.
The Red Oleander will give you the best of both worlds.
It’s a quick-growing, evergreen shrub that makes a formidable screen when planted as a hedge.
And aside from the occasional pruning, it’s virtually maintenance free! There’s a lot you can do with Oleander to fulfill just about any garden or landscape purpose.
Reaching almost 12 feet tall when untrimmed and in optimal growing conditions, your Oleander plant will give you lots of versatility.
Grow it easily in partial shade and use it as a shrub border to showcase your parade of bright color.
Its deep green leaves add the final touch of beauty that will make you glad you made the wise decision to add Oleander.
Planting & Care
The Red Oleander Tree (Nerium oleander) is a warm weather (yet cold tolerant), fast growing evergreen shrub sought for its beautiful array of red flowers and ability to form a uniquely decorative hedge. The oleander is a full to partial sun loving dwarf variety that matures to a height of 8-12 feet and 6-10 feet wide. The flowering shrub performs best in USDA growing zones 8-10 and is also known to be quite drought tolerant. If you’re looking for something that will offer a stunning array of red color but without a lot of hassle, the oleander makes a fantastic maintenance free addition to your landscape.
HAZARD WARNING: Avoid growing oleanders in areas where children and pets may play regularly. All parts of oleanders are poisonous, even the smoke from burning oleander trimmings is toxic. Avoid any contact with the skin as well as this can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions.
Choosing a location: Oleanders do best with their blooms if planted in a full sun location but the shrub can tolerate some light shade. Remember, be mindful of pets and children that may come into contact with the tree, it can be hazardous.
1) After you have found your planting area, make your hole three times as wide as the root ball and just as deep.
2) Carefully remove the oleander root ball from the container. Lightly tapping the container around the bottom will help free it up without causing too much damage to the root system.
3) Lightly comb your hands over the root ball to free up the roots a bit before planting.
4) Place your tree in the hole and make sure that the root crown (where the root ball meets the trunk) is level with the soil surface.
5) Tamp down the soil lightly as you back fill the hole to prevent air pockets from forming and then water after you’ve finished to settle the soil.
6) Mulch the area around the tree to conserve water moisture and deter competing weeds and grasses from growing.
Watering: Although considered to be quite drought tolerant, their appearance will greatly benefit from a regular watering schedule during the hot/dry seasons. Take care not to provide too much, yellowing leaves are an early warning sign that excess moisture may be getting to the root system.
Pruning: Before getting anywhere near the oleander, make sure you are wearing protective clothing as well as protective gloves. The red oleander is a beauty, but she comes with some bite to her! Your skin can become highly irritated if the shrub makes contact with your skin. ALWAYS wear protective gear when pruning and dispose of the trimmings by bagging and removing from the property. DO NOT BURN THEM.
Fertilizing: When the tree has become established, fertilizing is typically no longer required. During the first spring you may supplement a balanced granular fertilizer formula (10-10-10) in the spring and fall seasons if your soil is poor.
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- Whole Plant Traits: Plant Type: Poisonous Shrub Leaf Characteristics: Broadleaf Evergreen Habit/Form: Clumping Erect Rounded Growth Rate: Rapid Texture: Medium
- Cultural Conditions: Light: Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day) Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours) Soil Texture: High Organic Matter Loam (Silt) Sand Shallow Rocky Soil Drainage: Good Drainage Available Space To Plant: 6-feet-12 feet NC Region: Coastal Usda Plant Hardiness Zone: 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
- Fruit: Fruit Color: Green Fruit Type: Follicle Fruit Length: > 3 inches Fruit Description: Fruits are a slender pair of pod-like follicles that are 5-7″ long, green, and have small, fringed seeds.
- Flowers: Flower Color: Cream/Tan Gold/Yellow Orange Pink Purple/Lavender Red/Burgundy White Flower Inflorescence: Cyme Flower Value To Gardener: Fragrant Showy Flower Bloom Time: Spring Summer Flower Shape: Funnel Flower Petals: 4-5 petals/rays Flower Size: 1-3 inches Flower Description: Flowers are white, pink, red, lilac, purple, orange, salmon, apricot, or yellow. They are 5-petaled, single, and hose-in-hose or true double. Corolla’s are funnelform and have a slender tube. Stamens are attached below the throat. Inflorescence is a terminal cyme. They bloom in summer.
- Leaves: Leaf Characteristics: Broadleaf Evergreen Leaf Color: Green Leaf Feel: Leathery Leaf Value To Gardener: Long-lasting Leaf Type: Simple Leaf Arrangement: Opposite Whorled Leaf Shape: Lanceolate Linear Leaf Margin: Entire Hairs Present: No Leaf Length: 3-6 inches Leaf Description: Leaves are opposite or in whorls of 3 or 4, simple, linear-lanceolate, sharply acute, entire, and are 4-7″ long. Leaves are prominent pinnate midribs above and short petioles. They are leathery and dark green in color.
- Stem: Stem Is Aromatic: No Stem Description: Strong cane-like stems. Twigs are stout and shiny green.
- Landscape: Landscape Location: Coastal Landscape Theme: Drought Tolerant Garden Resistance To Challenges: Deer Drought Heat Pollution Poor Soil Salt Wind Problems: Poisonous to Humans
- Poisonous to Humans: Poison Severity: High Poison Symptoms: HIGHLY TOXIC, MAY BE FATAL IF EATEN! Nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, dizziness, slowed pulse, irregular heartbeat, dilation of pupils, bloody diarrhea, and drowsiness. Poisonous either fresh or dry. Poison Toxic Principle: Cardiac glycosides: nerioside and oleandroside; saponins, and other unknown compounds Causes Contact Dermatitis: No Poison Part: Bark Flowers Fruits Leaves Roots Sap/Juice Seeds Stems
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Hazard Warning: Avoid growing Oleander in areas where children and pets play regularly. All parts of this plant are poisonous, including the smoke from burnt trimmings. Avoid any contact with skin, as this can cause irritation and/or allergic reactions.
1. Planting: First, select a location with well-drained soil and full sun – any area with 6 to 8 hours of sunlight per day will suffice.
When you’re ready to plant, dig a hole that’s about two or three times the size of your plant’s root ball, place the Nerium in the hole, back fill the soil and water to settle the roots.
2. Watering: Once established, your Nerium is drought tolerant, but it’s important to have a regular watering schedule for the first few growing seasons. Water your Nerium White about once weekly or check the surrounding soil…if the surrounding soil is dry about 2 or 3 inches down, it’s time to water your tree.
3. Fertilizing: Apply a well-balanced fertilizer to your Nerium in early spring, before new growth begins.
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