I'm so excited the the Oleander Society is still a live and well in Galveston Texas. I had a great conversation with one of the members and I can' t wait to join and learn even more.
They are willing to sell names cuttings so I can't wait!!! I have been on the look out for some beautiful double reds and just haven't found anything.
Many nurseries can't ship to Arizona because of nematodes and they need to have a special permit to ship them here.
There aren't many books about oleander written in the US but there are many foreign books.
European oleander use to not have a scent but the ones in India were all scented. Now so many breeders have traded so there is a far wider variety of plants on the market. There has also been much research to breed more cold tolerant plants.
It is very sad that they are not more in favor with people. They were once though of a plants the poor immigrants brought with them from their home lands. Granted they are a poisonous plant but most plants are. Their leaves are bitter so most animals will not have lunch on them. There are many urban legends about the poisonous effect of the oleander. There is also confusion about the white sap being harmful. It is being confused with the yellow oleander with think leaves that usually is sold as a tree. It's a relative but not the same plant.
I hope to be able to go this coming spring to the oleander festival in April in Galveston.It is said that it won't be hot or crowded. The last time we were in Galveston I thought I was going to die from the heat and humidity! It was the wrong time of the year for us to visit.