Oleander
Nerium oleander 'Hardy Red'

Family: Apocynaceae (a-pos-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Nerium (NER-ee-um) (Info)
Species: oleander (oh-lee-AN-der) (Info)
Cultivar: Hardy Red

Category:

Shrubs

Height:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Red

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Leathery-Textured

Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow after last frost

By air layering

By tip layering

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports)

Fresno, California

Fort Pierce, Florida

Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Keystone Heights, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

Valrico, Florida

Albany, Georgia

Midland, Georgia

Perry, Georgia

Lake Charles, Louisiana

Merryville, Louisiana

Bishopville, Maryland

Easton, Maryland

Staten Island, New York

Charleston, South Carolina

Sumter, South Carolina

Abilene, Texas

Austin, Texas

Emory, Texas

Friendswood, Texas

Kurten, Texas

Leander, Texas

Newton, Texas

Portland, Texas

Waxahachie, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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On Dec 18, 2010, tchb from Zephyrhills, FL wrote:

I love oleaders, particularly the hot pinks with strong, spicy scents. Although common in central Florida, I have struggled to keep them thriving. Lost to freezes, yet neighbors' rebound. And as an experienced gardener, it frustrates me that I have never been able to propagate by any method.

Controlling those hideous orange catepillars requires constant eye for eggs on leaves and new batches of hatchlings. They can strip a plant bear in just days. The butterfly resembles a wasp, but has bright markings. Black body with white polka dots and a red bum.