Nerium oleander – Oleander – Apocynaceae (Mediterranean, SW Asia)
Habit: Strong, medium-size shrub or small tree, 3-6 m tall, 1-3 m wide, upright and expansive, covering large areas.
Flowers: White to scarlet, funnel-shaped, single to double, like Vinca, in terminal inflorescences, very fragrant, up top 7 cm long, summer to autumn.
Fruit: Upright, reddish brown, elongated capsules, up to 18 cm long, seeds with dark brown hairy tufts, poisonous.
Leaves: Evergreen, leathery, lanceolate, dark green to greyish green, up to 15 cm long.
Demands: Full sun, sensitive to frost, cold house, in late winter under glass cut hard.
Natural habitat: Any fertile, loamy, moist, well drained soil.
Our tip: Do not water potted plants with very cold water.
Note: All plant parts are poisonous; contact with the skin could lead to irritation.
Hardiness: Zone 9