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PlantFiles: Be-Still Tree, Lucky Nut, Yellow Oleander, Mexican Oleander
Thevetia peruviana

Family: Apocynaceae (a-pos-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Thevetia (thev-VET-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: peruviana (per-u-vee-AN-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Thevetia nerifolia
Synonym:Cascabela thevetia
Synonym:Cascabela nerifolia
Synonym:Cerbera peruviana

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

13 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year
Blooms repeatedly

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds

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6 positives
2 neutrals
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive oirad On Feb 26, 2013, oirad from New Iberia, LA wrote:

these are wonderful plants, I have one planted in my yard and 40-50 of them for sale in 3 gallon pots

Negative eliasastro On Aug 10, 2011, eliasastro from Athens
Greece (Zone 10a) wrote:

A beautiful small tree with tropical appearance, but one of the most poisonous. The juice (milk) is fatal in just few hours if injested, as it is highly cardiotoxic. There was a fatal incident in Cyprus before some years, as a woman had the very bad idea to bite the fruit. After few hours she died, despite the fact that she didn't eat much, as the taste was awful. Few drops of the juice were enough to kill her.
Contact of the juice with the skin must also be avoided, as it can be dangerous too.

Positive CostaRica On Apr 9, 2011, CostaRica from Guayabo de Bagaces, Guanacaste
Costa Rica (Zone 10b) wrote:

I have the both the yellow and the white flowered species which is very pretty.

Negative ogrejelly On Jul 14, 2010, ogrejelly from Gilbert, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

My least favorite plant in my yard because it produces endless litter of leaves and flowers. The day after I blow out my yard this tree has already covered the ground with debris.

It is very hearty and requires no water here in the Phoenix area which is rather amazing. It can be cut down the the ground and it will come right back.

Good for masking an area or for privacy as it is thick but I would only recommend it if you were never going to pick up the debris or care if it is there.

Neutral Noturf On Nov 24, 2008, Noturf from Marquesas Islands
Polynesia (French) wrote:

This is an impressive tree, nice architecture, however it drops lots of seeds, flowers, leaves. I would not recommend it to be
planted in urban contexts. Particularly if surrounded by pavement, side walks and so on. Besides that, is a wonderful
tree not over used in Puerto Rico.

Positive EGlaze On Oct 29, 2003, EGlaze wrote:

I have just recently started cuttings from this plant. I do have a positive feeling that they will take . I am also waiting on seeds to dry enough to plant. I will comment on them when they are further along.

Positive CDauphinet On Oct 23, 2003, CDauphinet from New Iberia, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Beautiful colors!

Positive lbrekke On Oct 22, 2003, lbrekke from Friendswood, TX wrote:

I planted three, two-foot plants in spring 2002 and they are now about eight feet tall.

Positive jelybu On Nov 23, 2002, jelybu from Corpus Christi, TX (Zone 10) wrote:

Our Mexican Oleanders have continuously bloomed peachy-apricot flowers since we planted them this spring. They have already grown to 4-6' high, & have well developed canopies. Two-inch, lantern-shaped seed pods fall off the tree while green then turn black. I wear gloves to clean up beneath the trees, as the pods are supposed to be the most poisonous part of plant.

The foliage is a striking yellowy-green. The plant seems to love our HOT, very windy, weather, & poor to moderate soil. Doesn't spread like regular Oleanders and can be easily shaped with pruning. Insects, fungus, and salty air don't bother them either. I've heard propagation is usually by cuttings, but I'm going to try seed also.

Neutral Floridian On Oct 22, 2001, Floridian from Lutz, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

An attractive small (about 12 feet) tree or shrub with yellow, bell-shaped flowers mostly in summer and fall, but on and off year-round. It may be grown as a shrub. A good accent plant for small areas but it is poisonous like the oleander it resembles, so it is not suitable for homes with small children.


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

, (3 reports)
Glendale, Arizona
Goodyear, Arizona
Mesa, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona (3 reports)
Scottsdale, Arizona
Sun City, Arizona
Surprise, Arizona (2 reports)
Tempe, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Cardiff By The Sea, California
La Mesa, California
Laguna Hills, California
Palm Springs, California
Spring Valley, California
Upland, California
Bartow, Florida
Largo, Florida
Lutz, Florida
Melbourne Beach, Florida
Merritt Island, Florida
Miramar Beach, Florida
Naples, Florida (2 reports)
Odessa, Florida
Palm Bay, Florida
Palm Coast, Florida (2 reports)
Rockledge, Florida
Vero Beach, Florida
Lake Charles, Louisiana
New Iberia, Louisiana
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Baytown, Texas
Corpus Christi, Texas
Devers, Texas
Friendswood, Texas
Harlingen, Texas
La Vernia, Texas
Mont Belvieu, Texas
Portland, Texas
Texas City, Texas
Zapata, Texas
Christiansted, Virgin Islands

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