Oleander

Nerium oleander

[nerium_oleander]

This superb Mediterranean shrub has been in cultivation since 1596. In America, Oleanders were popular as greenhouse specimens by the late eighteenth century and George Washington grew them in containers at Mount Vernon. The Philadelphia nurseryman Bernard McMahon offered oleanders in 1810 under the name "Bay Rose." This is a species form with simple flowers which are somewhat smaller than the hybrids grown today. It produces intensely fragrant, bright pink flowers throughout the summer. Long, leathery, lance-shaped leaves grow in whorls
along erect branches.

Growth Type: Woody Shrub Color(s): Pink Hardiness Zones: 8 - 10 Location at Monticello: South Portico Planting Conditions: Part Shade Map it:

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Blooming Dates 2002: Jun 28 – Oct 162003: Jan 28 – Apr 112003: Jul 4 – Aug 152004: Jan 31 – Oct 262005: May 27 – Oct 252006: Jun 1 – Oct 272007: Jul 20 – Oct 262010: Apr 6 – May 242012: May 24 – Aug 242013: Apr 24 – Oct 17