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Nerium oleander 'Variegatum' (v)

variegated oleander

A tender evergreen shrub with narrowly lance-shaped grey-green leaves with creamy yellow margins. Produces terminal clusters of pink flowers 3-4cm across, in summer

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Size
Ultimate height
1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Cream Yellow
Summer Pink Green Yellow Cream
Autumn Green Yellow Cream
Winter Green Yellow Cream
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Drought resistance
Yes
Hardiness
H2
Botanical details
Family
Apocynaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Potentially harmful
All parts are highly toxic if ingested. Contact with foliage may irritate skin. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
Genus

Nerium are evergreen shrubs with linear or narrowly oblong leaves and terminal clusters of salver- or funnel-shaped flowers, followed by long, bean-like seed-pods

Name status

Accepted

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How to grow

Cultivation

In frost-free areas, grow outdoors in moist but well-drained soil in full sun. In colder areas, grow under glass, or in containers that can be overwintered in an unheated greenhouse. Indoors, grow in loam-based compost, in full light with good ventilation.

Propagation

Propagate by seed, by air layering in spring, or by semi-hardwood cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Mediterranean climate plants
  • Patio and container plants
  • Low Maintenance
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Pruning group 9; plants grown under glass may need restrictive pruning in late winter. Will tolerate hard pruning

Pests

May be susceptible to scale insects, mealybugs and red spider mites

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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