• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Nerium oleander L.

Oleander

Oleander

© � RHS 1972

  • Other common names Oleander
    East Indian oleander

    Jamaica South Sea rose
    Laurier rose
    Rose bay
    Sweet-scented oleander

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  • Synonyms Nerium odorum
    Nerium oleander 'Laurier Rose'

  • Genus Nerium are evergreen shrubs with linear or narrowly oblong leaves and terminal clusters of salver- or funnel-shaped flowers, followed by long, bean-like seed-pods

  • Family Apocynaceae / Apocynaceae

  • Species N. oleander is an evergreen shrub with narrowly lance-shaped grey-green leaves and terminal clusters of salver-shaped, pink, white or red flowers 3-4cm across, in summer

  • Plant range Mediterranian to W China

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Bushy

  • Toxicity All parts are highly toxic if ingested. Contact with foliage may irritate skin

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Chalk

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height

    1.5-2.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    1-1.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    10-20 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow outdoors in moist but well-drained soil in full sun in sheltered frost-free conditions. Grow under glass in loam-based compost in full light, ventilate well

Propagation Propagate by seed, semi-hardwood cuttings or by air layering in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types Drought Resistant Hedging & Screens Low Maintenance Wall-side Borders City & Courtyard Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden Mediterranean Climate Plants Patio & Container Plants

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 9. May need restrictive pruning under glass in late winter. Will tolerate hard pruning

Pests May be attacked by glasshouse red spider mite, scale insects and mealybugs under glass

Diseases Generally disease free

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