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

Category:

Shrubs

Height:

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Spacing:

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 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)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

Pink

Coral/Apricot

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Evergreen

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:

Non-patented

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

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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 no... read more

Neutral

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

A dwarf variety.