Radiant Red Oleander (Nerium oleander (Red cv)) is a fantastically tolerant, adaptable and versatile flowering ornamental shrub! Tough as nails with a long history as a landscaping plant, the radiant clusters of crimson-red blooms attract Hummingbirds, butterflies and bees but don’t have much in the way of nectar for them.
Blooming late winter and into the spring months, the lipstick red blossoms stand out against the glossy, richly hued, leathery evergreen leaves! Dense enough to cast great shade and privacy, the foliage and flowers do warrant care to be taken to avoid the highly toxic sap. Teach kids to steer clear of Oleander, and educate them early to leave this plant alone. Even though the leaves are extremely bitter and unpalatable, it is not a shrub recommended for use near stock animals. Some people also have a sensitivity to leathery Oleander leaves. Wear gloves to avoid skin irritation while handling.
Red Oleander grows to 10-18 feet in height and 8-12 feet in width, and can be trained as a shrub, into a tree form specimen, or left to ramble as a shrubby groundcover! Its ability to shapeshift depending on your landscape's needs makes it incredibly versatile!
These are perfect accent plants in even the most aggressively warm climates. They are quick growers to their full height and are perfect for fences, borders and property edges. Use them as a beautiful flowering windbreak at beach properties. Plant them in a staggered double row in a zig-zagging pattern. Mass them on tough, sunny sites, such as slopes. It's far easier and safer to allow them to grow to their full height and spread than trying to mow. Slow water runoff and erosion with these rambling bushy shrubs!
Red Oleanders are quick growers to their full height and grow dense enough for privacy hedges. They are perfect for training on fences and as borders. Use them as a beautiful flowering windbreak at beach properties! These plants make the perfect large backdrop for garden rooms or hide the more mundane utility areas of your garden. They are big enough to provide a sparkling background for other flowering shrubs in the border, too. Create living walls for special garden rooms or hide the more mundane utility areas of your garden.
Oleander also makes a wonderful container plant and patio accent plant. Although it is not cold hardy, people in colder climates can grow them as summer flowering container plants. Prune into a fantastic multi or single-stemmed tree form so you can enjoy the vibrant red blossoms on sunny porches, patios and around seating areas! Even container gardeners and Northern gardeners can enjoy these plants! Simply trim them smaller and bring them indoors or onto a protected and sunny frost-free area for the winter!
This broadleaf evergreen thrives in Zones 9 - 11 and is well known for its ability to tolerate the harshest conditions, including drought, salt spray, reflected light from windows and painted walls, high heat, and high humidity. It grows in either acid or alkaline soils. The only thing that bothers these shrubs is frost, but they will regrow their lost leaves after a brief chill.
Red Oleander is as drought-tolerant as a landscape shrub or tree can be. Water regularly for the first year and less the next year and needs very little supplemental water from then on. In containers, Oleanders require regular watering and must be fed a general-purpose fertilizer at least twice a season.
The plant is adapted to almost all soils and can even tolerate brief periods of flooding. However, overwatering can lead to yellowing leaves. Best to keep this arid native on the dry side with well-drained soil. Apply a 2-inch layer of arborist mulch under the plant each spring to retain moisture and control weeds.
Blooming on new, Oleander stays fresh and flowers with little assistance so it's best to Prune them after the summer blooms are finished. You can prune it to encourage bushier growth and more flowers, and to reduce the size of the shrub. Remove damaged, crisscrossing or dead branches to keep your plants healthy and be sure to bag and remove pruned branches from the site. The limbs and leaves should not be used as firewood or the limbs to cook with!
Once your plants are 10 years old, start a regular maintenance program of rejuvenation pruning. in spring, cut 1/3 of the oldest trunks off at the ground level in spring and remove them from your property. In a three-year period, you'll have a brand-new shrub without losing valuable height.
Vibrant red blooms and vigorous evergreen interest, the Red Oleander bush will add vibrant color to your garden and landscape! But only if you order today at NatureHills.com!
Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.
Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!
Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.
Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|Sprinter Pot||Equal to||.63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Ranges from||.31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume|
|6" Container||Equal to||1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#6 Container||Ranges from||5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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|Brand||Nature Hills' Choice|
|Botanical Name||Nerium oleander (Red cv)|
|Mature Height||10 - 18 feet|
|Mature Spread||8 - 12 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Soil||Well Drained Soil|
|Pruning Time||Early Spring|