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Feb 19, 2017 1:36 PM CST

Would like to find out if this is an oleander as I have kids now. Pictures attached. Thanks!
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Feb 19, 2017 1:50 PM CST
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Is there any way you could get some pictures closer? Close ups of the leaves?

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Feb 19, 2017 1:51 PM CST
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Welcome! Can you get a close up picture of the leaves? It will help for a positive ID. When this was trimmed did you notice a white milky sap? Oleanders will have a white milky sap and do not get it in your eyes.
The leaves I see at the bottom of the second picture do not suggest oleander.
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Feb 19, 2017 2:03 PM CST
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The pics aren't clear enough to be sure if it's an oleander. Even if it is, there is no need to get rid of it because of children or pets. I grew up with them from infancy on and we always had pets. There were no problems. You just make sure to tell the kids that they are poisonous, and to not bother them. Don't burn any leaves either, as the smoke can be toxic. Otherwise, they are easy plants, and respond with lots of blooms when they are cared for properly. I've always enjoyed having them. I love easy plants with lots of color, and oleanders are perfect.
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Feb 19, 2017 2:17 PM CST
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Feb 19, 2017 4:36 PM CST
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I don't think its an Oleander. Maybe a willow.
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Feb 19, 2017 5:06 PM CST
Name: Carter Mayer
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The little bit of the leaves I can make out combined with the bark of the multi-stemmed trunks reminds me of my Vitex agnus-castus.

Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus-castus)
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Feb 19, 2017 5:27 PM CST
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I agree with Carter. The growth pattern is like my Vitex. (The shiny leaves at the bottom belong to the neighboring shrub, I believe.)
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Feb 19, 2017 6:45 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
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Now that you say that, it does look like a Chaste tree. Poor thing. Sad
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Feb 20, 2017 3:54 AM CST
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DaisyI said:Now that you say that, it does look like a Chaste tree. Poor thing. Sad

I agree
the branching on vitex is opposite, which fits. A better picture of the foliage, top and bottom would possibly nail it.
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