Plant ID forum: Oleander (Nerium oleander)

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Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
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chris1948
Aug 27, 2015 8:15 AM CST
I found this growing in my front yard. It looks sort of like an Oleander due to the leaves, to me at least, or it could be a Mexican Petunia (Ruellia brittoniana). I dug it up and potted anyway but I'd like to make sure of what it is so I can tag it.
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Chris
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Aug 27, 2015 8:30 AM CST
I'd say oleander... just going by the wood stump in the first picture... the leaves in the second pic... reinforce the belief for me...

Back when I gardened around oleander... Seems like I frequently saw seedlings...
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Aug 27, 2015 9:32 AM CST
I agree with Oleander. The leaf veins are wrong for Ruellia.
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
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chris1948
Aug 27, 2015 3:46 PM CST
Thanks to both of you, I'll have to agree. Can't figure out where it came from though. I had some Oleander growing around the side of the house next to the fence but they died from either not enough sunlight or water. They were on the east side so didn't get full sun all day long. This one was growing next to one of my Lantana plants. Well, it's in a pot now and I can mark it as Oleander.

Thanks again, much appreciated.
Chris
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Aug 27, 2015 3:59 PM CST
Someone I knew once used some branches as temporary markers for small plants so as not to run over them when mowing. One of the branches took root; it was an Oleander. They can root fairly easily.
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
Dog Lover Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 1
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chris1948
Aug 27, 2015 4:09 PM CST
I sure hope it takes off pretty soon I'd love to put it in the ground next year. I've got about 20 Oleander seeds in seed trays at the moment trying to get started.
Chris
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Aug 27, 2015 4:14 PM CST
Free plants - If you find a landscaper while they are pruning the Oleanders they may allow you to take the cuttings home; they should root fairly easily if they are freshly cut.
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
Dog Lover Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 1
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chris1948
Aug 27, 2015 4:43 PM CST
I haven't seen very many around here but next time we go to Galveston and the city happens to be trimming them I'll definitely ask. All of Galveston is just loaded with them.
Chris
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Aug 27, 2015 7:03 PM CST
Sure looks like Oleander (Nerium oleander) to me too!
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Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
Dog Lover Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 1
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chris1948
Aug 27, 2015 7:08 PM CST
That's what I thought it was originally also. I wonder why on another well known plant website I was told it was Mexican Petunia?
Chris
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Aug 27, 2015 7:13 PM CST
LOL, the other plant website may be well known but their members probably aren't as knowledgeable as those here on ATP. Green Grin!

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Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
Dog Lover Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 1
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chris1948
Aug 27, 2015 7:22 PM CST
Well the pictures don't lie Lin. Mine is definitely an Oleander. The leaves are the exact same as the photo you posted above. Thank You!
Chris

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