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PlantFiles: Oleander
Nerium oleander 'Apple Blossom'

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

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 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)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
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:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
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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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive HuggyKat2u On Sep 14, 2007, HuggyKat2u wrote:

Virtually indestructible and hearty, this plant takes a beating and keeps on growing. Multiple colors (red/magenta, pink, white, yellow) in gigantic height-maintained shrubs line the highways (5 and 99) through Sacramento, CA. It's hard to believe that a plant with such pretty blossoms is so poisonous to animals and often causes adverse reactions in humans. Always protect exposed skin (i.e., cover arms and wear gloves) when cutting back and handling the cut branches for discard. I have one outside my apartment and I adore it. The "splash" of pink in the center is my favorite feature - like a pea dropped into strawberry milk and the splash is frozen mid-air. The blooms are "florabunda", i.e., grouped together, sometimes 5-6 in a grouping. It's just beautiful. The white variety is not nearly as intoxicating as this Apple Blossom variety.

Neutral Xenomorf On Jul 19, 2004, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

A dwarf variety.


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

Phoenix, Arizona
Chico, California
Tujunga, California
Beverly Hills, Florida
Derby, Kansas
Charleston, South Carolina (2 reports)
Sumter, South Carolina
Broaddus, Texas
Corpus Christi, Texas
Midlothian, Texas

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