Oleander: Pruning like a Pro

Why Prune Your Oleander?

The common Mediterranean oleander, a hardy evergreen shrub, can quickly outgrow its elegance, becoming ragged and twiggy. Prune your oleander plant to create a unique shape and to keep it flowering abundantly from season to season.

Create a Unique Silhouette for Your Oleander

Nerium oleander is a shrub with canes that are long compared to its breadth. These can be thinned out at the rootline, yielding a distinct slender trunk. Cut close to the soil surface, above the bulge at the base of the branch called the branch collar. The oleander can also be pruned into a small palm-shaped tree. Trim the canes near the tip, beyond any buds.  Use your imagination, and tips from a topiary specialist, to create other oleander silhouettes.

Prune Your Oleander for Increased Blooming

Like all flowering shrubs, oleanders sprout more abundant flowers when pruned close to new buds. The oleander is striking when its flowers cluster all over a broad canopy.

When to Prune Your Oleander

The best time to prune is in September or October, following the oleander's summer blossom peak, when the shrub is dormant. The oleander canes and twigs are flexible and easily cut, so pruning is simple for you and beneficial for your oleander trees and shrubbery.