AZ Arboretums

Thevetia peruviana (T. nerifolia)

Yellow oleander

Common: Yellow oleander, Be-Still tree, Lucky Nut
Family: Apocynaceae
Origin: Tropical America
Sunset Zone: 12-14, 21-24
Light: Full sun
Soil: Best with good drainage
Water: Regular water
Temperature: Needs protection and sheltered location in zones 12-14. Thrives in heat and can take very little frost.

Hedge, background planting or screen. Shallow rooted large shrub or small tree with dense leaves. Fast growing.

Can be pruned as 6-8 ft. hedge, or grown, with training, as 20 ft. tree.

Very narrow deep green and glossy leaves, 3-6 inches long, with edges rolled under. Inconspicuous veins.

Flowers bloom any time but mostly June through November. Fragrant, yellow to apricot, in clusters at branches ends. 2-3 inches long. Seeds and flowers create litter.

Prune to lessen wind resistance.

Caution children against eating leaves or flowers, keep prunings and dead leaves away from hay or other animal feed. Don't use wood for barbecue fires or skewers. Smoke can cause severe irritation.

PLEASE NOTE:  All parts of this plant are poisonous.