Only one or two species of evergreen shrubs or small trees make up this genus. Oleander is a long-flowering plant growing to about 10 feet tall and almost as wide. Its main garden attribute is its yellow, pink, or white flowers that bloom over a long period. Oleanders are sometimes fragrant. Grow them in a shrub border.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsEvergreen foliage. Showy flowers and interesting seedpods. Can be invasive.
CareIn the garden, grow in full sun and fertile, moist but well-drained soil. Indoors, grow in a well-ventilated area with full light. Water sparingly in winter.
PropagationStart seeds in spring at 61°F, or root semi-ripe cuttings in summer with bottom heat.
ProblemsScale insects, spider mites, caterpillars, aphids, gall, and dieback can sometimes cause problems.