Oleander bush with pink flowers.


Oleander (Nerium oleander) is an evergreen shrub that comes in a variety of sizes. It is drought tolerant and needs little care, making it a popular choice for homeowners. Oleander blooms in late spring, summer, and into the fall, yielding clusters of brightly colored flowers. Use our guides down below to learn how to grow and care for this beautiful shrub and find pruning and propagation tips as well as information on pest and disease identification and prevention. New to oleander plants? Start here.

How to Grow and Care for Oleander Shrubs

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Evergreen oleander shrubs add tropical flair to the garden, blooming for months in vibrant shades of pink and red or delicate white. These low maintenance beauties thrive in poor soil, drought, high heat, and salt air and are suitable for cultivation in Zones 8-10. Learn how to plant and grow oleander in this guide.

How to Overwinter Oleander Shrubs

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Oleander shrubs withstand heat, drought, and extreme humidity, but they can’t handle harsh winters. These perennial shrubs thrive in Zones 8 to 11 but must come indoors to survive colder winters. In this guide, we’ll cover how to prepare oleander plants for winter, and cold-weather care tips. Read more now.

Gardeners, Beware! All Parts of Oleander Are Poisonous When Eaten

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When you grow oleander in your landscape, beware! All parts of the plant, from roots to stems and blooms, are poisonous if ingested, with a potentially fatal reaction for people and animals. Learn more about oleander poisoning and what precautions to take when you grow and care for these shrubs in your garden. Read more.

9 of the Best Varieties of Oleander Shrubs to Grow in Your Garden

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Oleanders are drought-resistant shrubs with colorful blooms in shades of pink, red, or white. These robust plants thrive in poor soil and warm weather conditions. There are a number of different types available – from dwarf shrubs to large trees and hedges. Learn about 9 of the best oleander varieties for your landscape.