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Nerium oleander 'Hardy Red'

Nerium oleander 'Hardy Red'
Nerium oleander 'Hardy Red'
Newly planted shrublet

Common name oleander
Family apocynaceae
Life cycle shrub (Z8-10)
Flowers red-pink (summer)
Size 6-10'
Light sun
Cultural notes drought-tolerant

Evergreen shrub with a mounded habit. Cultivars exist with white, red, pink, and yellow flowers – this variety is in the red-pink spectrum. Shiny bright-green leaves. Native from northern Africa to southeast Asia, oleander likes warm dry climates. Foliage may be damaged during freezes, even if temperatures don't drop so low as to kill the plant – but that doesn't keep it from being a very popular plant around here, used often in screens or hedges. It is quite fast-growing: I bought a small specimen from a big-box store in mid-May, divided into two shrublets, then watched as the bigger of the two shot up to about 5 foot tall by late summer. Both divisions bloomed once or twice that summer. They were severely damaged in the hard freeze the following winter – I was at first hopeful they had come away with little harm because some of the leaves stayed green for several weeks after the freeze, but after another couple of weeks they had turned tan and crispy.

Promising buds in early June
Nerium oleander 'Hardy Red'
About to pop mid-June
Dead top growth following Jan'18 freeze

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: back fence border

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