The Main Plant entry for Oleanders (Nerium oleander)

This database entry exists to show plant data and photos that apply generically to all Oleanders.

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Resistances: Birds
Deer Resistant
Gophers/Voles
Rabbit Resistant
Squirrels
Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Fruit is poisonous
Other: Every part of this plant is poisonous
Containers: Not suitable for containers

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Common names
  • Oleander

Photo Gallery
Location: MS coast
Date: 2023-10-08
Location: Menton, France
Date: 2017-06-18
#Pollination  with Speckled Wood Butterfly
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2014-06-12
Location: MS coast
Date: 2023-10-08

Date: May 3, 2011
Pink Oleander
Location: Phoenix AZ
Date: Nov 2020
I had initially uploaded this file to Wikimedia Commons, and now
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2012-07-30
Location: Arenas Valley, NM
Date: 2015-12-16
White Oleander

Blushing blooms
Location: Barson's Greenhouse, Westland, MI
Date: 2010-06-01

Date: May 3, 2011
Close up of Oleander bloom
Location: MS coast
Date: 2023-10-08

Date: 2017-07-19
Nerium Oleander
Location: Phoenix AZ
Date: 2020
I had initially uploaded this file to Wikimedia Commons, and now
Location: Neighbor garden 
Date: 2016-06-02
Location: St. James, Florida
Location: Barson's Greenhouse, Westland, MI
Date: 2012-04-14
Location: Barson's Greenhouse, Westland, MI
Date: 2012-04-14
Location: Barson's Greenhouse, Westland, MI
Date: 2012-04-14
Location: Barson's Greenhouse, Westland, MI
Date: 2010-06-01
Location: Oxfordshire, England
Date: 2016-07-26
Location: Villamura - Portugal
Date: 2015-09-09
Location: Menton, France
Date: 2016-07-26
dark pink version
Location: Villamura - Portugal
Date: 2015-09-09

Date: May 3, 2011
Blooms of Light Pink Olender
Location: Menton, France
Date: 2016-07-26
cream, double
Location: Menton, France
Date: 2016-07-26
bright white variety
Location: Our yard, DeLand, FL
Date: 2015-05-03
Location: Houston
Date: 2017-12-20
Houston snow - large plant is the oleander
Location: My neighborhood
Date: 2021-07-01
Flowers with leaves. Seedpod is also visible.
Location: Ormond Beach, FL zone 9a
Date: 2018-05-08
Location: In my garden
Date: 2013-06-01
Location: Edinburg, Texas | June, 2023
Date: 2023-06-10
Location: Houston
Date: 2014-05-18
Location: My front yard
Date: April 26, 2011
White Oleander
Location: New York Botanical Garden
Date: June 2017

Date: April 4, 2011
Seedpod opening
Location: Rethymno (Crete)
Date: 2022-06-02

Date: March 23, 2011
Blooms of White Oleander
Location: Tampa, FL
Date: 2016-02-21
Leaves being eaten by a Spotted Oleander Moth Caterpillar.  They
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: March 23, 2011
#Pollination

Date: April 8, 2011
Dark Pink Oleander
Location: Houston
Date: 2013-03-02
Uploaded by PiaLouiseSourvi
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2012-07-30
Uploaded by sedumzz
Location: Chapin, SC
Date: 2016-09-23

credit: Prenn
Location: Tunisia
Date: May
credit: Cayambe
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2013-01-30 
 Spotted Oleander Moth Caterpillar
Location: Houston
Date: 2014-05-18
Location: My neighborhood
Date: 2021-09-19
Location: St. James, Florida
Location: Southern Pines, NC
Date: May 23, 2022
Oleander 44nn; LHB page 812, 169-8-1, "Greek name of oleander".
Location: MS coast
Date: 2023-10-08
Location: Houston
Date: 2013-02-25
Location: Houston
Date: 2013-02-25
Location: My front yard
Date: April 18, 2011
White Oleander

Date: March 23, 2011
Oleander buds

Date: March 23, 2011
Oleander seedpod
Location: My front yard
Date: September 3, 2011
Bark of Oleander

Date: March 2, 2011
Seedpods & Seeds

Date: April 26, 2011
Bark and new branches sprouting

Date: April 8, 2011
Leaves & Flowers
Location: Houston
Date: 2013-02-28
Location: Crete
Date: 2022-05-27
Location: Tampa, FL
Date: 2015-11-15
At the Museum of Science and Industry
Location: Tampa, FL
Date: 2015-11-15
At the Museum of Science and Industry
Location: zone 8/9 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2012-02-11
showing frost damage - young plant
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2012-07-30
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2012-07-30
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2012-07-30
Location: Chapin, SC
Date: 2016-09-23
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2013-01-24
Location: Southern Pines, NC
Date: May 23, 2022
Oleander 44nn; LHB page 812, 169-8-1, "Greek name of oleander".
Location: Seville, Spain | April, 2023
Date: 2023-04-05
Location: Athens (Greece)
Date: 2022-05-23
Location: Athens (Greece)
Location: Athens (Greece)
Location: Athens (Greece)
Location: Athens (Greece)
Comments:
  • Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 10, 2011 3:36 PM concerning plant:
    Nerium oleander is native to Northern Africa, the Eastern Mediterranean area and Southeast Asia. It is a fast growing evergreen tree, popular in warm, humid subtropical regions. Oleander will attain up to 20' in height, has grayish bark and thick dark green lanceolate leaves. The flowers grow in clusters at the end of the branches. Seed pods are long and narrow and split open to reveal numerous downy seeds. Flower colors for Oleander are red, white, dark and light pink and there is a yellow variety as well. All parts of the Oleander are toxic.
  • Posted by KFredenburg (Black Hills, SD - Zone 5a) on May 28, 2020 10:30 AM concerning plant:
    All oleanders (no matter what species), if they are not planted in the right spot, will not have a very good smell, or they will not have one at all.
    One of the most important things that you need to know about oleanders is that they really like sun.
    The oleanders around my neighborhood that don't have a fragrance are all under big trees that provide lots of shade.
    Oleanders are not shade plants.
    One of the main reasons that oleanders are so popular around my neighborhood in CA is that we don't get lots of rain, and oleanders do not need much water, and here in California we do not get that much water. In other words, oleanders are good for xeriscaping. The plant Nerium is part of the subfamily Apocynoideae.
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