Plant ID forum: Is this Oleander?

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Dunedin, New Zealand
k_j_angel
May 5, 2018 6:13 PM CST
Does anyone know if this is an Oleander plant? After reading that they are very poisonous, especially for young children, I want to make sure our garden is safe for our toddler. Unfortunately I'm having a little trouble identifying this plant. Any help would be very much appreciated.
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DaisyI
May 5, 2018 6:23 PM CST
The good news is that its not an Oleander. But I don't know what it might be.
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plantladylin
May 5, 2018 6:25 PM CST
It looks like it may be Yellow Oleander (Cascabela thevetia) which is poisonous.

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sooby
May 5, 2018 6:59 PM CST
Welcome!

It looks like the flowers may be opening pink or purple from the buds. Do they open more than that? If so, it would help if you could post back with pictures of the more advanced flowers. If they don't open more than that, can you try and get sharper close-up pictures of the flowers?

The leaf being palmate should help with the ID also but I don't know what it is.
Dunedin, New Zealand
k_j_angel
May 5, 2018 7:22 PM CST
Thank you for your responses. I've just looked back through some old photos, to try and see what colour the flowers are. It appears to have small white flowers. The photos were taken in November, which is the last month of spring in New Zealand. Sorry the image quality isn't better.
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flaflwrgrl
May 5, 2018 8:06 PM CST
It's certainly not oleander, not even yellow oleander. The leaves being palmate tell us that. Are the leaves opposite or alternate? It's hard to get a good grasp from the photos so if you could just tell us....
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k_j_angel
May 5, 2018 8:27 PM CST
Thank you for your comment flaflwrgrl, that's a huge relief. The leaves are opposite and both the leaves and twigs have a strong, pleasant, slightly sweet smell when broken. I'd be hard pressed to compare it to anything, but some sort of cooking spice like cinnamon might be the closest thing I can think of.
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ScotTi
May 5, 2018 8:50 PM CST
Reminds me of a Choisya.
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k_j_angel
May 5, 2018 9:50 PM CST
ScotTi, I think you might be right. The plant in our yard looks almost identical to the Aztec Pearl variety of Choisya, which thankfully doesn't look to be poisonous. Thank you all for your help. Now I can take my toddler outside without worrying.
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May 5, 2018 10:45 PM CST

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