THEVETIA

FAMILY: Apocynaceae

TYPE
  • Evergreen
  • Shrubs
  • Trees
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
WATER
  • Regular Water
SPECIAL FEATURES
  • Poisonous/Toxic

Plant Details

Fast-growing plants with narrow, glossy, deep green leaves and clusters of showy, funnel-shaped flowers at branch ends. Thrive in heat; sensitive to frost.

yellow oleander, lucky nut

thevetia peruviana

  • Zones LS, CS, TS; USDA 8-11.
  • From the tropical Americas.
  • In frostless areas, it can be trained as a tree to 2030 feet tall and wide.
  • Where frosts are light or rare, it's an 8 feet (or larger) shrub; makes a good hedge, screen, or background plant.
  • Leaves 36 inches long, with edges rolled under.
  • Fragrant, 2- to 3 inches., yellow to apricot flowers bloom from early summer into fall (all year where winters are warm).
  • Small (1 inches.), squat, four-angled fruit is red at first, then ages to black.
  • Provide good drainage, wind protection.
  • In colder part of range, mound sand 612 inches deep around base of stem in late autumn.
  • Dies back in freezes but recovers quickly; new growth will bloom same year.

giant thevetia

thevetia thevetioides

  • Zone TS; USDA 10-11.
  • From Mexico.
  • Open growth to 12 feet or more tall and wide.
  • Leaves are darker green than those of Thevetia peruviana; they resemble oleander (Nerium) leaves but are corrugated and have heavily veined undersides.
  • Large clusters of brilliant yellow, 4 inches flowers bloom from late spring through fall; these are followed by 212 inches-wide fruit that ripens from green to black.
  • Makes an attractive patio tree, but fruit can be a litter problem.

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