Type: Broadleaf Evergreen
Exposure: Full Sun / Part Shade
Flowers: White, pink, red, salmon, or light yellow (depending on variety)
Foliage: Dark Green
Maximum Growth: Approx. 20’h x 10’w
Zones: 8 to 10
(See Zone Map)
Drought Tolerance: High
Scientific Name:OleanderUsage: Ornamental, Specimen, Screen, Accent, Foundation, Mass
This fast growing evergreen shrub can reach up to 20 feet tall but is usually seen trimmed at 6 to 10 feet.
It forms a rounded mound to about 10 foot wide. It is a tough, versatile plant with showy summertime flowers
in white, red, pin, salmon and light yellow. Leathery, lance shaped leaves range from about 4 to 10 inches
depending on the variety and are bright green. Oleanders have a tendency to become leggy-overgrown plants
and should be pruned as needed to maintain a nice shape.
Use and Management
Use Oleander for screens, informal hedges, colorful accents, beach plantings, and cityscapes. By removing suckers,
and leaving just a few stems, Oleander can be formed into very attractive small trees. Oleander is suitable for
container gardens and is a fine choice for bringing color into greenhouses and conservatories.
Soil Moisture: Moist, well-drained
Soil Types/Tolerance: N/A
Uses: Screens, informal hedges, accents
Special Feature: Fragrant flowers
Special Resistance: Good ability to survive heat and exhaust
Special Note: Some sources indicate to restrict planting around
playgrounds or other areas frequented by young children and pets
due to the toxicity if ingested
Available in 3 and 5 gal containers
Suggested plant spacing are:
Plant 36” OC
Spread 3” of bed mix in ground cover beds
Till 6” deep, rake beds to drain away from structure
Topdress with 2” of double ground (fine) hardwood mulch.
Hand water in after planting
Set sprinkler controller to water beds:
Once every two days for two weeks in spring and early fall.
Once a day for two weeks when temperatures reach 98 degree +.
Have Owner monitor moisture and report over or under watering immediately.
After two weeks reassess the watering needs, and set at twice a week thereafter.