The Q&A Archives: Oleanders

Question: Are Hardy Red Oleanders poisonous? If the answer is yes then What can I use to replace them?
I love evergreen flowering and drough tolerant shrubs.

Answer: Oleander contains numerous toxic compounds, but unless you consume the plant or have extremely sensitive skin, having oleanders in the landscape generally don't pose much of a risk. If you're concerned about having them in your yard, you might want to replace them with one of the following:

Burford holly, Central Texas sage, Chinese horned holly, Eleagnus, Forsythia, photinia, glossy abelia, pittosporum, Indian hawthorne, Italian jasmine, Juniper, nandina, Pomegranate, or winter honeysuckle.

Best wishes with your landscape!

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