The plant has a leaf like that of the almond tree, but smaller, and our flower is light pink. Oleander grows well in warm subtropical regions, and thrives here in Arizona. It is widely used in landscapes, in parks, and along roadsides. The Oleander is drought resistant, hardy and easy to care for. You can see it along freeways and medians in California, Texas and other mild-winter states in the Continental United States because it is upright in habit and easily maintained. Its toxicity renders it deer-resistant. The flowers are showy and compliment our yard! We have not shown any allergies to Oleanders but I know many people who are allergic.
Oleanders come in many colors including red, purple, pink, and orange; white and a variety of pinks are the most common. Young plants grow best in spaces where they do not have to compete with other plants for nutrients. We have 3 small Oleanders that will grow very big eventually providing some shade in the garden during the hot summer days.