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PlantFiles: 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

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18 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

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

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No positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral tchb 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.


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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