American Oleander Cultivars

 

International Oleander Society List (www.oleander.org)

 

Agnes Campbell  (single, pale salmon with fuchsia-striped yellow throat; faint fragrance; vigorous, fast-growing shrub)

Algiers  (single, dark-red, widely-separated petals; not fragrant. Compact habit. Originated in North Africa; introduced by Monrovia Nurseries in 1978)

Apple Blossom  (single, light pink, lightly fragrant; rounded, large shrub; cold tolerant. Origin: Aldridge Nursery, 1946)

Barbara Bush  (single, pale pink, widely-separated petals, not fragrant; compact to medium-sized shrub)

Calypso  (single, deep pink; at a distance appears light-red; luminous, fluorescent quality especially when viewed from a distance; fragrant; medium-sized shrub, very cold-tolerant. Outstanding cultivar and now possibly the most popular oleander in the USA. Introduced by the University of Florida in 1965)

Casablanca  (single white; medium-sized shrub. Dicovered in Algeria and introduced by Monrovia Nurseries in 1978)

Centennial  (single; pale ivory with red-striped yellow throat; overall effect white with an orange throat; not fragrant. “Looks like a fried egg”. Compact shrub. Named on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the University of Texas Medical Branch; whose official color is bright orange)  

Cherry Ripe  (single, light red. Introduced by Monrovia Nurseries in 1952)

College Beauty (double; deep pink)

Commandant Barthélémy  (double, crimson/magenta, sometimes with white streaks, fragrant; medium-sized but wide shrub;  old French variety, listed in Félix Sahut’s catalogue from 1898)

East End Pink (single, light-pink with bluish or lavender overtones, lightly fragrant; medium-sized shrub; very easy to grow and propagate. Possibly synonymous with ‘Sealy Pink’, which was introduced by Monrovia Nurseries in 1958)

Ed Barr (single, white, non-fragrant; enormous and vigorous shrub, very easy to propagate; very cold-tolerant. First listed by Florida State Horticultural Society, 1975).

Ella Sealy Newell (single, medium-pink; yellow coronas with pink stripes)

Frances Moody Newman (single, medium to deep pink, flowers slightly funnel-shaped)

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (single, salmon with red-striped yellow throat, not fragrant; slightly star-shaped as one edge of petal curls inward; cold-tolerant; medium-sized shrub. Named for the President on the occasion of his visit to Galveston in 1938)

Gartenverein  (single, medium-pink)

General Pershing (double, deep red, sometimes with white stripes. Vigorous shrub with unusually large and long leaves).

George Sealy (single, medium-pink, fragrant; medium-sized shrub)

Hardy Red  (intense crimson/magenta, very broad petals, lightly fragrant; white stamen extensions very long and conspicuous; medium-sized shrub, very cold-tolerant. Introduced by Monrovia Nurseries, California, in 1965)

Harriet Newding  (Very unusual; single;  broad parchment-white petals with a deep red streak running along the middle of each one and a scattering of additional red dots. Medium-sized shrub, quite cold-tolerant. Probably a natural hybrid of Ed Barr and Hardy Red)

Hawai’i  (single salmon, widely-separated petals with yellow throat, very long corona appendages, not fragrant. Cold-sensitive. Introduced by Monrovia Nurseries in 1965)

Henry Rosenberg  (single; medium-pink, funnel-shaped flower with slightly curling petals giving it a star shape. Large shrub)

I Lovenberg (=Isle of Capri) (single, cream-yellow with intense yellow throat; star-shaped as one edge of petal curls inward. Medium-sized to large shrub.  Introduced by Monrovia Nurseries in 1963)

Jannoch  (single fuchsia, large flower with widely-separated petals and very long corona fringes, not fragrant, very floriferous. Compact, rounded shrub; undemanding and cold-tolerant. Introduced by Monrovia Nurseries in 1952)

John Samuels  (double, deep pink, petals have ruffled edges; very rare, only one plant known to exist in Galveston)

John Woods Harris  (single, rich  deep red, not fragrant; large shrub; named for prominent Galveston citizen who was the director of the Galveston Foundation)

Kewpie  (Extraordinarily unusual cultivar; pinwheel-shaped large flowers variegated pink and white, with widely-separated, spiraling petals. Named for Maureen “Kewpie” Gaido, founder of the International Oleander Society)

Lady Kate  (Single, very pale pink; large shrub)

Lane Taylor Sealy  (Single, very large pale salmon flowers with red-striped yellow throats, fragrant; compact shrub, cold-tolerant)

Little Red (= Petite Red)  (single, deep-red; slightly fragrant; dwarf plant; somewhat temperamental)

Magnolia Willis Sealy (= Mont Blanc)  (hose-in-hose, white, broad petals, each coming to a small point in the middle of the rounded outer margin; very fragrant; vigorous shrub; a very old European variety of unknown origin)  

Martha Hanna Henslee  (Single, wide petals variegated pink & white, lightly fragrant; compact shrub.  First listed by Florida State Horticultural Society, 1975)

Mathilde Ferrier (= Luteum Plenum) (double, pale yellow, pointed petals, fragrant; vigorous shrub; old variety described in 1854 in Bosse’s Handbuch der Blumengärtnerei)

Marrakesh  (single red; dwarf. Introduced by Monrovia Nurseries in 1994)

Morocco  (single white; dwarf.  Introduced by Monrovia Nurseries in 1994)

Mrs. Burton  (double rose-pink, very fragrant; large shrub, somewhat cold-tolerant)

Mrs. Eugenia Fowler  (hose-in hose, medium pink, flowers slightly funnel-shaped; large vigorous shrub. First listed by Florida State Horticultural Society, 1975)

Mrs. F. Roeding  (double salmon/yellow/orange/pink “sunset colors”, fragrant; medium-sized shrub with a somewhat spreading and weeping habit. Introduced in 1905 by Fancher Creek Nursery, California. Raised from seed imported from Japan)

Mrs. Isadore Dyer  (double pink, some petals streaked with white; fragrant; vigorous bush. A representative of a complex of closely-related, typical “heirloom” oleanders [“Splendens group”], a type which has been commonly grown in Europe since being introduced from India in the late 17th century. ‘Mrs. Dyer’ was brought from Jamaica by Joseph Osterman and introduced to Galveston in 1848).

Mrs. John Adriance (single white) 

Mrs. Kelso  (single white; flowers star-shaped as one edge of petal curls inward; not fragrant. Medium-sized shrub)

Mrs. Kempner (double, deep rose-red, carnation-like flowers)

Mrs. Knox  (double white, outer margin of petals rounded; not fragrant. Large shrub)

Mrs. Lucille Hutchings (double, light salmon; petals edged with pink; large flowers. Large shrub)

Mrs. Masterson  (single, bell-shaped, light-pink with pink-striped white throat, not fragrant, large shrub)

Mrs. Moody (single white, one side of petal tip comes to a point, giving an overall notched effect; not fragrant)

Mrs. Robertson  (single, cerise, large flowers; very fragrant; large shrub)

Mrs. Runge (= Splendens Foliis Variegatis)  (double pink flowers, fragrant, leaves variegated with green and cream-yellow. Old European variety mentioned by Bosse in 1854)).

Mrs. Swanson  (double light pink; originated in California, brought by Clarence Pleasants from Virginia to Galveston. Upright growth; cold-tolerant)

Mrs. Trueheart  (large, deep pink, very fragrant flowers; rounded shrub)

Mrs. Willard Cooke (= Alsace)  (single, extremely pale pink, essentially white. Buds pale peach. Faint fragrance on warm, humid evenings. Beautiful deep-green foliage. Outstanding; robust; easy to grow and propagate. Probably a very old European variety whose origins are lost in the distant past)

Petite Pink  (single pale pink, non-fragrant; dwarf shrub. Originated in Kenya. Introduced by the Los Angeles State and County Arboretum prior to 1973)

Petite Salmon  (single salmon flowers, not fragrant; dwarf shrub. ) Originated in Kenya. Introduced by the Los Angeles State and County Arboretum prior to 1973

Pink Beauty (= Hardy Pink/Monrovia)  (single, large, lightly fragrant  medium-pink flowers with characteristic, swollen, balloon-like buds. Vigorous plant, cold-tolerant. Introduced by Monrovia Nurseries in 1952. Known as Hardy Pink in Europe and NOT the same as the plant sold under the name Pink Beauty in Europe)

Pleasants Postoffice Pink  (single medium to dark pink, large flowers, petals “keeled” down the middle lengthwise. Large shrub. Discovered on Postoffice Street in Galveston and named after Clarence Pleasants, a co-founder of the International Oleander Society).

Professor Parlatorre [sic] (should be Parlatore?)  (single, cerise with lavender overtones, large flower with widely-separated petals; not fragrant. Large shrub; cold-tolerant.  A cultivar of the same name, but with hose-in-hose light pink flowers, was listed in Félix Sahut’s catalogue in 1876)

Ruby Lace  (very unusual; single, extremely large magenta flowers with pinwheel shaped-flowers; inner edge of petal ruffled or scalloped; fragrant. Medium-sized shrub, fairly cold-tolerant, small leaves. Appeared  as a chance seedling in a private California garden in the mid 1960’s; donated by the owner to Monrovia Nurseries, which introduced it in 1986).

Scarlet Beauty  (= Emile Sahut)  (single, deep-red slightly cupped or goblet-shaped flowers with a light, fine fragrance. Shrub medium to large with a stiffly upright growth habit. Very well-known old French variety introduced by Félix Sahut in 1873)

Sister Agnes (= Soeur Agnès)  (single, pure-white flowers with yellow throat; slightly fragrant on warm, humid evenings; large, vigorous plant. Well-known old European variety, introduced by Félix Sahut in 1873)

Sorrento  (hose-in-hose, light lemon-yellow flowers with broad petals; fragrant. Medium-sized shrub; floriferous. Cold-sensitive. Introduced by Monrovia Nurseries in 1964)

Sue Hawley Oakes  (single, cream-yellow with bright yellow throat; star-shaped flower as one edge of petal curls inward; not fragrant; medium-sized shrub)

Sugarland  (See Hardy Red. This is said to be a more-cold-tolerant variant)

Tangier  (single medium-pink, widely-separated petals.; medium-sized shrub. Originated in Algeria; introduced by Monrovia Nurseries in 1978)

Turner’s Carnival  (single salmon/ pink/ cream-yellow; dwarf plant. Introduced by Turner’s Gardenland, Corpus Christi, Texas)

Turner’s Daisy  (single, cream-yellow edged with soft pink; dwarf shrub. Introduced by Turner’s Gardenland, Corpus Christi, Texas)

Turner’s Elaine Turner  (single, ivory edged with soft pink and yellow; red-striped throat; dwarf shrub. Introduced by Turner’s Gardenland, Corpus Christi, Texas)

Turner’s Flirt  (single pink; fragrant; dwarf to medium-sized shrub. Introduced by Turner’s Gardenland, Corpus Christi, Texas)

Turner’s Katherine Childers  (single; white with pale-pink blush; upright growth, normal-sized shrub.  Introduced by Turner’s Gardenland, Corpus Christi, Texas)

Turner’s Kim Bell   (single, pale-yellow with red-striped yellow throat; star-shaped flower owing to curling petals. Introduced by Turner’s Gardenland, Corpus Christi, Texas)

Turner’s Shari D  (single, cream-yellow with fuchsia-striped canary-yellow throat; compact shrub. Introduced by Turner’s Gardenland, Corpus Christi, Texas)

Turner’s Sissy King  (single, ivory with pink striped corona; dwarf plant. Introduced by Turner’s Gardenland, Corpus Christi, Texas)

Turner’s Tickled Pink  (single light peach-pink, throat yellow with red stripes; compact shrub.  Introduced by Turner’s Gardenland, Corpus Christi, Texas)

Wimcrest  (single, pale yellow with yellow throat; medium-sized shrub. Discovered on Wimcrest Street in Galveston; very rare)

 



Durell Nelson’s List


Cardinal Red  (single, red. Clarke’s catalogue, 1932) (Possibly Emile Sahut?)

Charles Murcott  (single, light pink)

Cherry Ripe (single, light red. Introduced by Monrovia Nurseries in 1952)

Commandant Barthélémy (double, crimson/magenta, sometimes with white streaks, fragrant; medium-sized but wide shrub; old French variety, listed in Félix Sahut’s catalogue from 1898)

Double Yellow (= Mathilde Ferrier, Luteum Plenum) (double, pale yellow, pointed petals, fragrant; vigorous shrub; old variety described in 1854 in Julius W. F.Bosse’s Vollständiges Handbuch der Blumengärtnerei)

East End Pink (single, light-pink with bluish or lavender overtones, lightly fragrant; medium-sized shrub; very easy to grow and propagate. Possibly synonymous with ‘Sealy Pink’, which was introduced by Monrovia Nurseries in 1958)

Ed Barr (single, white, non-fragrant; enormous and vigorous shrub, very easy to propagate; very cold-tolerant.  First listed by Florida State Horticultural Society, 1975 ).

Ella Sealy Newell (single, medium-pink; yellow coronas with pink stripes)

Eugenia Fowler (hose-in hose, medium pink, flowers slightly funnel-shaped; large vigorous shrub. First listed by Florida State Horticultural Society, 1975)

Frances Moody Newman (single, medium to deep pink, flowers slightly funnel-shaped)

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (single, salmon with red-striped yellow throat, not fragrant; slightly star-shaped as one edge of petal curls inward; cold-tolerant; medium-sized shrub. Named for the President on the occasion of his visit to Galveston in 1938)

General Pershing (double, deep red, sometimes with white stripes. Vigorous shrub with unusually large and long leaves).

Harriet Newding  (Very unusual; single; broad parchment-white petals with a deep red streak running along the middle of each one and a scattering of additional red dots. Medium-sized shrub, quite cold-tolerant. Probably a natural hybrid of Ed Barr and Hardy Red)

Hawai’i  (single salmon, widely-separated petals with yellow throat, very long corona appendages, not fragrant. Cold-sensitive. Introduced by Monrovia Nurseries in 1965)

Isle of Capri (single, cream-yellow with intense yellow throat; star-shaped as one edge of petal curls inward. Medium-sized to large shrub. Introduced by Monrovia Nurseries in 1963)

Jannoch (single fuchsia, large flower with widely-separated petals and very long corona fringes,  not fragrant, very floriferous. Compact, rounded shrub; undemanding and cold-tolerant. Introduced by Monrovia Nurseries in 1952)

Kewpie  (Extraordinarily unusual cultivar; pinwheel-shaped large flowers variegated pink and white, with widely-separated, spiraling petals. Named for Maureen “Kewpie” Gaido, founder of the International Oleander Society)

Lane Taylor Sealy  (Single, very large pale salmon flowers with red-striped yellow throats, fragrant; compact shrub, cold-tolerant)

Martha Hanna Henslee  (Single, wide petals variegated pink & white, lightly fragrant; compact shrub. First listed by Florida State Horticultural Society, 1975)

Mrs. Burton  (double rose-pink, very fragrant; large shrub, somewhat cold-tolerant)

Mrs. Roeding  (double salmon/yellow/orange/pink “sunset colors”, fragrant; medium-sized shrub with a somewhat spreading and weeping habit. Introduced in 1905 by Fancher Creek Nursery, California. Raised from seed imported from Japan)

Mrs. Runge (= Splendens Foliis Variegatis) (double pink flowers, fragrant, leaves variegated with green and cream-yellow. Old European variety mentioned by Bosse in 1854)). 

Mrs. Trueheart  (large, deep pink, very fragrant flowers; rounded shrub)

Mrs. Willard Cooke (= Alsace) (single, extremely pale pink, essentially white. Buds pale peach. Faint fragrance on warm, humid evenings. Beautiful deep-green foliage. Outstanding; robust; easy to grow and propagate. Probably a very old European variety whose origins are lost in the distant past)

Peach Blossom (double salmon)

Petite Pink (single pale pink, non-fragrant; dwarf shrub. Originated in Kenya. Introduced by the Los Angeles State and County Arboretum prior to 1973)

Pink Beauty (= Hardy Pink/Monrovia)  (single, large, lightly fragrant  medium-pink flowers with characteristic, swollen, balloon-like buds. Vigorous plant, cold-tolerant. Introduced by Monrovia Nurseries in 1952. Known as Hardy Pink in Europe and NOT the same as the plant sold under the name Pink Beauty in Europe)

Pleasants Postoffice Pink (single medium to dark pink, large flowers, petals “keeled” down the middle lengthwise. Large shrub. Discovered on Postoffice Street in Galveston and named after Clarence Pleasants, a co-founder of the International Oleander Society). 

Red

Ruby Lace (very unusual; single, extremely large magenta flowers with pinwheel shaped-flowers; inner edge of petal ruffled or scalloped; fragrant. Medium-sized shrub, fairly cold-tolerant, small leaves. Appeared  as a chance seedling in a private California garden in the mid 1960’s; donated by the owner to Monrovia Nurseries, which introduced it in 1986)).

Scarlet Beauty  (single, deep-red slightly cupped or goblet-shaped flowers with a light, fine fragrance. Shrub medium to large with a stiffly upright growth habit. Very well-known old French variety introduced by Félix Sahut in 1873)

Sister Agnes (= Soeur Agnès) (single, pure-white flowers with yellow throat; slightly fragrant on warm, humid evenings; large, vigorous plant. Well-known old European variety, introduced by Félix Sahut in 1873)

Sorrento  (hose-in-hose, light lemon-yellow flowers with broad petals; fragrant. Medium-sized shrub; floriferous. Cold-sensitive. Introduced by Monrovia Nurseries in 1964)

Splendens (double pink, fragrant; vigorous bush; the typical heirloom oleander which has been grown in Europe since its introduction from India in the late 17th century)

Turner’s Carnival (single salmon/ pink/ cream-yellow; dwarf plant. Introduced by Turner’s Gardenland, Corpus Christi, Texas)

Turner’s Flirt (single pink; fragrant; dwarf to medium-sized shrub. Introduced by Turner’s Gardenland, Corpus Christi, Texas)

Turner’s Shari D (single, cream-yellow with fuchsia-striped canary-yellow throat; compact shrub. Introduced by Turner’s Gardenland, Corpus Christi, Texas)

Turner’s Sissy King (single, ivory with pink striped corona; dwarf plant. Introduced by Turner’s Gardenland, Corpus Christi, Texas)

Turner’s Tickled Pink (single light peach-pink, throat yellow with red stripes; compact shrub.  (single light peach-pink, throat yellow with red stripes; compact shrub.  Introduced by Turner’s Gardenland, Corpus Christi, Texas)

Turner’s Trey Boy (single dark pink; red-striped yellow throat; dwarf shrub. Introduced by Turner’s Gardenland, Corpus Christi, Texas)

White hose-in-hose (= Magnolia Willis Sealy, Mont Blanc) (hose-in-hose, white, broad petals, each coming to a small point in the middle of the rounded outer margin; very fragrant; vigorous shrub; a very old European variety of unknown origin)  


Galveston List (Oleanders: Guide to Culture and Selected Varieties on Galveston Island, edited by Barry Comeaux. International Oleander Society, 1991)


Agnes Campbell (single, pale salmon with fuchsia-striped yellow throat; faint fragrance; vigorous, fast-growing shrub) 

Algiers (single, dark-red, widely-separated petals; not fragrant. Compact habit. Originated in Algeria; introduced by Monrovia Nurseries in 1978). 

Barbara Bush (single, pale pink, widely-separated petals, not fragrant; compact to medium-sized shrub) 

Centennial  (single; pale ivory with red-striped yellow throat; overall effect white with an orange throat; not fragrant. “Looks like a fried egg”. Compact shrub. Named on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the University of Texas Medical Branch; whose official color is bright orange)  

Commandant Barthélémy (double, crimson/magenta, sometimes with white streaks, fragrant; medium-sized but wide shrub; old French variety, listed in Félix Sahut’s catalogue from 1898)

East End Pink (single, light-pink with bluish or lavender overtones, lightly fragrant; medium-sized shrub; very easy to grow and propagate. Possibly synonymous with ‘Sealy Pink’, which was introduced by Monrovia Nurseries in 1958)

Ed Barr (single, white, non-fragrant; enormous and vigorous shrub, very easy to propagate; very cold-tolerant. First listed by Florida State Horticultural Society, 1975).

Eugenia Fowler  (hose-in hose, medium pink, flowers slightly funnel-shaped; large vigorous shrub. First listed by Florida State Horticultural Society, 1975)

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (single, salmon with red-striped yellow throat; slightly star-shaped as one edge of petal curls inward, not fragrant; cold-tolerant; medium-sized shrub.  Named for the President on the occasion of his visit to Galveston in 1938)

General Pershing (double, deep red, sometimes with white stripes. Vigorous shrub with unusually large and long leaves). 

George Sealy (single, medium-pink, fragrant; medium-sized shrub)

Hardy Red (intense crimson/magenta, very broad petals, lightly fragrant; white stamen extensions very long and conspicuous; medium-sized shrub, very cold-tolerant. Introduced by Monrovia Nurseries, California, in 1965)

Hawai’i  (single salmon, widely-separated petals with yellow throat, very long corona appendages, not fragrant. Cold-sensitive. Introduced by Monrovia Nurseries in 1965)

I Lovenberg (= Isle of Capri) (single, cream-yellow with intense yellow throat; star-shaped as one edge of petal curls inward. Medium-sized to large shrub. Introduced by Monrovia Nurseries in 1963)

Jannoch  (single fuchsia, large flower with widely-separated petals and very long corona fringes, not fragrant, very floriferous. Compact, rounded shrub; undemanding and cold-tolerant. Introduced by Monrovia Nurseries in 1952)

Kewpie  (Extraordinarily unusual cultivar; pinwheel-shaped large flowers variegated pink and white, with widely-separated, spiraling petals. Named for Maureen “Kewpie” Gaido, founder of the International Oleander Society)

Lady Kate  (Single, very pale pink; large shrub)

Lane Taylor Sealy  (Single, very large pale salmon flowers with red-striped yellow throats, fragrant; compact shrub, cold-tolerant)

Little Red (= Petite Red) (single, deep-red; slightly fragrant; dwarf plant; somewhat temperamental)

Magnolia Willis Sealy (= Mont Blanc) (hose-in-hose, white, broad petals, each coming to a small point in the middle of the rounded outer margin; very fragrant; vigorous shrub; a very old European variety of unknown origin)  

Mathilde Ferrier (= Luteum Plenum) (double, pale yellow, pointed petals, fragrant; vigorous shrub; old variety described in 1854 in Julius W. F.Bosse’s Vollständiges Handbuch der Blumengärtnerei)

Mrs. Burton  (double rose-pink, very fragrant; large shrub, somewhat cold-tolerant)

Mrs. Cooke (= Alsace)  (single, extremely pale pink, essentially white. Buds pale peach. Faint fragrance on warm, humid evenings. Beautiful deep-green foliage. Outstanding; robust; easy to grow and propagate. Probably a very old European variety whose origins are lost in the distant past)

Mrs. Isadore Dyer (double pink, some petals streaked with white; fragrant; vigorous bush. A representative of a complex of closely-related, typical “heirloom” oleanders [“Splendens group”], a type which has been commonly grown in Europe since being introduced from India in the late 17th century. ‘Mrs. Dyer’ was brought from Jamaica by Joseph Osterman and introduced to Galveston in 1848).

Mrs. Lucille Hutchings (double, light salmon; petals edged with pink; large flowers. Large shrub)

Mrs. Kelso (single white; flowers star-shaped as one edge of petal curls inward; not fragrant. Medium-sized shrub)

Mrs. Kempner (double, deep rose-red, carnation-like flowers) 

Mrs. Knox (double white, outer margin of petals rounded; not fragrant. Large shrub)

Mrs. Masterson (single, bell-shaped, light-pink with pink-striped white throat, not fragrant, large shrub). 

Mrs. Moody (single white; petals have unusual point on one side of the outer margin, giving an overall “notched” effect; not fragrant) 

Mrs. Roeding  (double salmon/yellow/orange/pink “sunset colors”, fragrant; medium-sized shrub with a somewhat spreading and weeping habit. Introduced in 1905 by Fancher Creek Nursery, California. Raised from seed imported from Japan). 

Mrs. Robertson  (single, cerise, large flowers; very fragrant; large shrub)

Mrs. Runge (= Splendens Foliis Variegatis) (double pink flowers, fragrant, leaves variegated with green and cream-yellow. Old European variety mentioned by Bosse in 1854)).

Mrs. Trueheart  (large, deep pink, very fragrant flowers; rounded shrub)

Petite Pink  (single pale pink, non-fragrant; dwarf shrub. Originated in Kenya. Introduced by the Los Angeles State and County Arboretum prior to 1973)

Pink Beauty (= Hardy Pink/Monrovia)  (single, large, lightly fragrant  medium-pink flowers with characteristic, swollen, balloon-like buds. Vigorous plant, cold-tolerant. Introduced by Monrovia Nurseries in 1952. Known as Hardy Pink in Europe and NOT the same as the plant sold under the name Pink Beauty in Europe)

Professor Parlatorre [sic] (s/b Parlatore?) (single, cerise with lavender overtones, large flower with widely-separated petals; not fragrant. Large shrub; cold-tolerant. A cultivar of the same name, but with hose-in-hose light pink flowers, was listed in Félix Sahut’s catalogue in 1876)

Scarlet Beauty  (= Emile Sahut)  (single, deep-red slightly cupped or goblet-shaped flowers with a light, fine fragrance. Shrub medium to large with a stiffly upright growth habit. Very well-known old French variety introduced by Félix Sahut in 1873)

Sorrento  (hose-in-hose, light lemon-yellow flowers with broad petals; fragrant. Medium-sized shrub; floriferous. Cold-sensitive. Introduced by Monrovia Nurseries in 1964)

Sue Hawley Oakes (single, cream-yellow with bright yellow throat; star-shaped flower as one edge of petal curls inward; not fragrant; medium-sized shrub)

Turner’s Carnival  (single salmon/ pink/ cream-yellow; dwarf plant. Introduced by Turner’s Gardenland, Corpus Christi, Texas)

Turner’s Shari D  (single, cream-yellow with fuchsia-striped canary-yellow throat; compact shrub. Introduced by Turner’s Gardenland, Corpus Christi, Texas)


Eggenberger’s list – (Eggenberger, Richard and Mary Helen:  The Handbook on Oleanders, Tropical Plant Specialists, Cleveland, GA 1996)


Agnes Campbell  (single, pale salmon with fuchsia-striped yellow throat; faint fragrance; vigorous, fast-growing shrub)

Algiers  (single, dark-red, widely-separated petals; not fragrant. Compact habit. Originated in North Africa; introduced by Monrovia Nurseries in 1978)

Apple Blossom  (single, light pink, lightly fragrant; rounded, large shrub; cold tolerant. Origin: Aldridge Nursery, 1946) 

Barbara Bush  (single, pale pink, widely-separated petals, not fragrant; compact to medium-sized shrub)

Calypso  (single, deep pink; at a distance appears light-red; luminous, fluorescent quality especially when viewed from a distance; fragrant; medium-sized shrub, very cold-tolerant. Oustanding cultivar and now possibly the most popular oleander in the USA. Introduced by the University of Florida in 1965)

Casablanca (single white; medium-sized shrub. Dicovered in Algeria and introduced by Monrovia Nurseries in 1978)

Centennial  (single; pale ivory with red-striped yellow throat; overall effect white with an orange throat; not fragrant. “Looks like a fried egg”. Compact shrub. Named on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the University of Texas Medical Branch; whose official color is bright orange)  

Commandant Barthélémy (double, crimson/magenta, sometimes with white streaks, fragrant; medium-sized but wide shrub; old French variety, listed in Félix Sahut’s catalogue from 1898)

East End Pink (single, light-pink with bluish or lavender overtones, lightly fragrant; medium-sized shrub; very easy to grow and propagate. Possibly synonymous with ‘Sealy Pink’, which was introduced by Monrovia Nurseries in 1958)

Ed Barr (single, white, non-fragrant; enormous and vigorous shrub, very easy to propagate; very cold-tolerant. First listed by Florida State Horticultural Society, 1975).

Ella Sealy Newell (single, medium-pink; yellow coronas with pink stripes)

Frances Moody Newman (single, medium to deep pink, flowers slightly funnel-shaped)

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (single, salmon with red-striped yellow throat, not fragrant; slightly star-shaped as one edge of petal curls inward; not fragrant; cold-tolerant; medium-sized shrub. Named for the President on the occasion of his visit to Galveston in 1938 )

General Pershing (double, deep red, sometimes with white stripes. Vigorous shrub with unusually large and long leaves).

George Sealy (single, medium-pink, fragrant; medium-sized shrub)

Hardy Red  (intense crimson/magenta, very broad petals, lightly fragrant; white stamen extensions very long and conspicuous; medium-sized shrub, very cold-tolerant. Introduced by Monrovia Nurseries, California, in 1965)

Harriet Newding (Very unusual; single; broad parchment-white petals with a deep red streak running along the middle of each one and a scattering of additional red dots. Medium-sized shrub, quite cold-tolerant. Probably a natural hybrid of Ed Barr and Hardy Red)

Hawai’i  (single salmon, widely-separated petals with yellow throat, very long corona appendages,  not fragrant.  Cold-sensitive. Introduced by Monrovia Nurseries in 1965)

Henry Rosenberg (single; medium-pink, funnel-shaped flower with slightly curling petals giving it a star shape. Large shrub)

I Lovenberg (=Isle of Capri) (single, cream-yellow with intense yellow throat; star-shaped as one edge of petal curls inward. Medium-sized to large shrub. Introduced by Monrovia Nurseries in 1963)

Jannoch  (single fuchsia, large flower with widely-separated petals and very long corona fringes, not fragrant, very floriferous. Compact, rounded shrub; undemanding and cold-tolerant. Introduced by Monrovia Nurseries in 1952)

John Samuels (double, deep pink, petals have ruffled edges; very rare, only one plant known to exist in Galveston)

Kewpie  (Extraordinarily unusual cultivar; pinwheel-shaped large flowers variegated pink and white, with widely-separated, spiraling petals. Named for Maureen “Kewpie” Gaido, founder of the International Oleander Society)

Lady Kate (Single, very pale pink; large shrub)

Lane Taylor Sealy (Single, very large pale salmon flowers with red-striped yellow throats, fragrant; compact shrub, cold-tolerant)

Little Red (= Petite Red)  (single, deep-red; slightly fragrant; dwarf plant; somewhat temperamental)

Magnolia Willis Sealy (= Mont Blanc)  (hose-in-hose, white, broad petals, each coming to a small point in the middle of the rounded outer margin; very fragrant; vigorous shrub; a very old European variety of unknown origin)  

Martha Hanna Henslee  (Single, wide petals variegated pink & white, lightly fragrant; compact shrub. First listed by Florida State Horticultural Society, 1975)

Mathilde Ferrier (= Luteum Plenum) (double, pale yellow, pointed petals, fragrant; vigorous shrub; old variety described in 1854 in Bosse’s Handbuch der Blumengärtnerei)

Marrakesh  (single red; dwarf. Introduced by Monrovia Nurseries in 1994)

Morocco  (single white; dwarf.  Introduced by Monrovia Nurseries in 1994)

Mrs. Burton  (double rose-pink, very fragrant; large shrub, somewhat cold-tolerant)

Mrs. Eugenia Fowler  (hose-in hose, medium pink, flowers slightly funnel-shaped; large vigorous shrub. First listed by Florida State Horticultural Society, 1975)

Mrs. F. Roeding  (double salmon/yellow/orange/pink “sunset colors”, fragrant; medium-sized shrub with a somewhat spreading and weeping habit. Introduced in 1905 by Fancher Creek Nursery, California. Raised from seed imported from Japan)

Mrs. Isadore Dyer  (double pink, some petals streaked with white; fragrant; vigorous bush. A representative of a complex of closely-related, typical “heirloom” oleanders [“Splendens group”], a type which has been commonly grown in Europe since being introduced from India in the late 17th century. ‘Mrs. Dyer’ was brought from Jamaica by Joseph Osterman and introduced to Galveston in 1848).

Mrs. Kelso (single white; flowers star-shaped as one edge of petal curls inward; not fragrant. Medium-sized shrub)

Mrs. Kempner  (double, deep rose-red, carnation-like flowers)

Mrs. Knox  (double white, outer margin of petals rounded; not fragrant. Large shrub)

Mrs. Lucille Hutchings (double, light salmon; petals edged with pink; large flowers. Large shrub)

Mrs. Masterson  (single, bell-shaped, light-pink with pink-striped white throat, not fragrant, large shrub)

Mrs. Moody (single white, one side of petal tip comes to a point, giving an overall notched effect; not fragrant)

Mrs. Robertson (single, cerise, large flowers; very fragrant; large shrub)

Mrs. Runge (= Splendens Foliis Variegatis)  (double pink flowers, fragrant, leaves variegated with green and cream-yellow. Old European variety mentioned by Bosse in 1854)).

Mrs. Swanson  (double light pink; originated in California, brought by Clarence Pleasants from Virginia to Galveston. Upright growth; cold-tolerant)

Mrs. Trueheart  (large, deep pink, very fragrant flowers; rounded shrub)

Mrs. Willard Cooke (= Alsace)  (single, extremely pale pink, essentially white. Buds pale peach. Faint fragrance on warm, humid evenings. Beautiful deep-green foliage. Outstanding; robust; easy to grow and propagate. Probably a very old European variety whose origins are lost in the distant past)

Petite Pink  (single pale pink, non-fragrant; dwarf shrub. Originated in Kenya. Introduced by the Los Angeles State and County Arboretum prior to 1973)

Petite Salmon  (single salmon flowers, not fragrant; dwarf shrub. Originated in Kenya. Introduced by the Los Angeles State and County Arboretum prior to 1973)

Pink Beauty (= Hardy Pink/Monrovia)  (single, large, lightly fragrant  medium-pink flowers with characteristic, swollen, balloon-like buds. Vigorous plant, cold-tolerant. Introduced by Monrovia Nurseries in 1952. Known as Hardy Pink in Europe and NOT the same as the plant sold under the name Pink Beauty in Europe)

Pleasants Postoffice Pink  (single medium to dark pink, large flowers, petals “keeled” down the middle lengthwise. Large shrub. Discovered on Postoffice Street in Galveston and named after Clarence Pleasants, a co-founder of the International Oleander Society).

Professor Parlatorre [sic] (should be Parlatore?)  (single, cerise with lavender overtones, large flower with widely-separated petals; not fragrant. Large shrub; cold-tolerant. A cultivar of the same name, but with hose-in-hose light pink flowers, was listed in Félix Sahut’s catalogue in 1876)

Ruby Lace  (very unusual; single, extremely large magenta flowers with pinwheel shaped-flowers; inner edge of petal ruffled or scalloped; fragrant. Medium-sized shrub, fairly cold-tolerant, small leaves. Appeared  as a chance seedling in a private California garden in the mid 1960’s; donated by the owner to Monrovia Nurseries, which introduced it in 1986)).

Scarlet Beauty  (= Emile Sahut)  (single, deep-red slightly cupped or goblet-shaped flowers with a light, fine fragrance. Shrub medium to large with a stiffly upright growth habit. Very well-known old French variety introduced by Félix Sahut in 1873)

Sister Agnes (= Soeur Agnès)  (single, pure-white flowers with yellow throat; slightly fragrant on warm, humid evenings; large, vigorous plant. Well-known old European variety, introduced by Félix Sahut in 1873)

Sorrento  (hose-in-hose, light lemon-yellow flowers with broad petals; fragrant. Medium-sized shrub; floriferous. Cold-sensitive. Introduced by Monrovia Nurseries in 1964)

Sue Hawley Oakes  (single, cream-yellow with bright yellow throat; star-shaped flower as one edge of petal curls inward; not fragrant; medium-sized shrub)

Sugarland  (See Hardy Red. This is said to be a more-cold-tolerant variant)

Tangier (single medium-pink, widely-separated petals.; medium-sized shrub. Originated in Algeria; introduced by Monrovia Nurseries in 1978)

Turner’s Carnival (single salmon/ pink/ cream-yellow; dwarf plant. Introduced by Turner’s Gardenland, Corpus Christi, Texas)

Turner’s Daisy  (single, cream-yellow edged with soft pink; dwarf shrub. Introduced by Turner’s Gardenland, Corpus Christi, Texas)

Turner’s Elaine Turner  (single, ivory edged with soft pink and yellow; red-striped throat; dwarf shrub. Introduced by Turner’s Gardenland, Corpus Christi, Texas)

Turner’s Flirt  (single pink; fragrant; dwarf to medium-sized shrub. Introduced by Turner’s Gardenland, Corpus Christi, Texas)

Turner’s Katherine Childers  (single; white with pale-pink blush; upright growth, normal-sized shrub.  Introduced by Turner’s Gardenland, Corpus Christi, Texas)

Turner’s Kim Bell  (single, pale-yellow with red-striped yellow throat; star-shaped flower owing to curling petals. Introduced by Turner’s Gardenland, Corpus Christi, Texas)

Turner’s Shari D  (single, cream-yellow with fuchsia-striped canary-yellow throat; compact shrub. Introduced by Turner’s Gardenland, Corpus Christi, Texas)

Turner’s Sissy King  (single, ivory with pink striped corona; dwarf plant. Introduced by Turner’s Gardenland, Corpus Christi, Texas)

Turner’s Tickled Pink  (single light peach-pink, throat yellow with red stripes; compact shrub.  Introduced by Turner’s Gardenland, Corpus Christi, Texas)

Wimcrest  (single, pale yellow with yellow throat; medium-sized shrub. Discovered on Wimcrest Street in Galveston; very rare)