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The Oleander (Nerium oleander)
plant is classified as an evergreen shrub, but has also
been classified as a small tree. Oleander does not share
it's genus, Nerium, with any other species of plants.
Oleander is also known as the Laurier
Rose and Rosa Francesca, among others.
This shrub has a wide native range;
from Portugal through the Mediterranean to Southern
Asia, including parts of China.
This shrub tends to stay around dry stream beds and
other bodies of water. Oleander grows
to heights of about 6 m at a max, but normally is seen
around 3-4 m. The leaves of this plant grow in either
pairs or whorls of three leaves. They are lanceolate
and narrow in shape, leathery to the touch, and grow
to lengths of about 20 cm. The flowers of the Oleander
grow at the end of the branches in bunches. These flowers
are either pink, yellow, or white. The Oleander's fruit
is a narrow capsule that grows from 5 to 20 cm long.
The best areas for Oleander to flourish
is warm subtropical areas. It is a very popular plant
in nurseries, landscapes, and parks because of their
fragrance and large flowers. This shrub is tolerant
to both drought and light frost (-10°C). As such,
they can be grown in cooler climates or indoors. There
are an estimated 400 different cultivars
including many with colours not seen in the wild.