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
- 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.
- 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.