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Nerium Genus

Oleander

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH6.0 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

Description

Nerium genus (Oleander). This genus consists of one or two species of evergreen shrubs. They bear brightly coloured, funnel-shaped flowers with 5 broad petals, after the flowers they produce bean-like seed pods which contain. Plumed seeds. The leaves are narrow, leathery and lance-shaped.

Characteristics

Evergreens, Shrubs or Small trees

Other common names

Rosebay

Origin

Mediterranean to China

Interest and use

Grown for their flowers.

Cultivation

You will need to plant the shrubs in full sun in well-drained soil. They grow in frost tender, minimum temperature of 10C. Tip prune young plants to promote branching.

Propagation

You can propagate from seeds in the spring or from summer cuttings.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prone to scale insects and red spider mites. Highly toxic if ingested.

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