Oleander

Nerium oleander



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Watering

They like to be watered as much as you would water your shade trees – deeply every three days. To aid in water retention, create a reservoir or dike that is 2-4 inches tall around the trunk of the tree. Also, if it is especially arid and has been, mist the plant to help stave off defoliation

Light

They grow and bloom best in full sun, but they will tolerate light shade. Oleanders are considered hardy in USDA plant hardiness zones 8 through 10, but they are sometimes damaged by frost in zone 8. The shrub usually recovers, even if killed nearly to the ground.

PLANT INFO

Family Apocynaceae, Genus Nerium. Oleander is a 2–6 m tall tree flowering in the summer, with erect stems that splay outward as they mature. The flowers grow in clusters at the end of each branch; they are white, pink, or red.