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Screeners: Nerium Oleander

Botanical name: Nerium Oleander

Common name: Oleander

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Photo credit: Lily
Screeners: Nerium Oleander
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Lily

Port saint lucie, Fl

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Soil: dry, neutral, sand
Sun:
  
  
Zones: 8a thru 10b
Care:
average
Lifespan:
evergreen
Category:   
Attributes:

deer resistant, rabbit resistant, poisonous

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description for "Screeners: Nerium Oleander"

Oleander is a fast growing evergreen shrub or small tree used as a screen, informal hedge or colorful accent. It can reach up to 20' tall but is usually maintained at 6-10'. The shrub/tree forms a rounded mound, is tough and versatile with showy, fragrant summertime flowers of white, red, pink, salmon and light yellow. The green, leathery leaves range from 4-10", depending on the variety. Oleanders have a tendency to become leggy and should be pruned as needed to maintain a nice shape. Dwarf varieties are also available. Pests include scale, aphids and the oleander caterpillar that can strip a plant in a matter of days! But beware! Oleander is very toxic! Do not ingest and avoid smoke if cuttings are burned. Contact with the skin may also cause a reaction.

History:

Native to northern Africa, eastern Mediterranean basin and southeast Asia. It is hardy in zones 8-10 and is easily grown in warm humid climates. It will survive some frost and temperatures to 15-20 degrees, although the foliage will be damaged.

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