Botanical Name: Nerium oleander Add
Common Name: Oleander  
Plant photo of: Nerium oleander
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range

6-12', 12-25'


Flower Color

Pink, Red, White


Flower Season

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, Intermittent


Leaf Color



Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half





Growth Rate

Fast, Moderate


Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Mediterranean, Ranch, Seascape, Spanish, Tropical


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers, Specimen, Standard


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Foundation, Parking Strip, Patio, Parking Lot, Swimming Pool, Walls / Fences, With Rocks


Special Uses

Hedge, Screen, Mass Planting


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme Editor
Photographer: Modesto Jr. College/Fromm
  • Description

  • Notes

Oleander is an evergreen shrub with moderate to fast growth. Leaves are narrow, 4"-12" long, dark green, leathery, and glossy. It is attractive in all seasons. Flowers are in clusters on branch ends and blooms from late spring through fall.
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halway with native soil and water. 5. Finish backfilling hole, build basin and water.