|Nerium oleander is an evergreen shrub reaching 6 to 12 feet in height and spread, occasionally 20'. Not cold hardy, so subject to freeze damage. The leaves are dark green throughout the seasons. Flowers bloom in summer to early fall; each flower is 1 1/2 inches in diameter, borne in terminal cymes on new growth. Flowers are showy, fragrant, pink, white, salmon, rose, red or magenta, singles or doubles. Various cultivars are available. Bears a slender pod fruit, not really ornamental. It is tolerant of seascapes, likes well drained, fertile soil, withstands dry conditions and pollution. Native to southern Asia, Mediterranean area. Toxic plant.