Dwarf oleander varieties

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Dwarf oleander varieties
Attractive oleanders can live in some tough conditions. (Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

The oleander (Nerium oleander) is an ornamental, flowering tree that adapts well to a variety of conditions. According to Gene McAvoy of the Hendry County Extension Service in Florida, oleander copes well with pollution and salt, making it suitable for coastal and highway planting. Oleander range from 3 to 20 feet tall, though the average is 8 to 12 feet. Dwarf variants can go into smaller gardens or hedges; they not only don't grow over 5 feet they also have smaller leaves than standard oleanders.

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Petite Pink

Out of 80 or so oleander cultivars, petite pink is one of only two true dwarf oleanders described by the International Oleander Society. The flowers of this pink oleander do not produce a strong fragrance and the plant is not freeze tolerant. It is a free blooming oleander, i.e. it blooms most of the year. This shrub will stay in the 4 to 5 foot range with moderate pruning.

Salmon Oleanders

Petite salmon and Turner's carnival are both dwarf oleanders. Turner's carnival stays in the 3 to 4 foot range and has ruffled salmon flowers. Petite salmon reaches 4 to 6 feet and, like its petite pink cousin, is free-blooming and does not have a strong fragrance. Neither salmon-coloured dwarf oleander is cold hardy.

Little Red

Glendale Public Library's xeriscape demonstration garden lists the little red oleander as a dwarf, but the International Oleander Society website lists it as an "intermediate" size. In the xeriscape (water conservation) garden, the evergreen oleander grows 3 to 4 feet and produces dark red blossoms. The plant is freeze tolerant and is not free blooming. Other intermediate-sized oleanders could potentialy be kept down to dwarf proportions, if trimmed or given less than optimal conditions,

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