My Poor Thevetia peruviana

haname(z9 AZ NE Phoenix)May 21, 2012

My neighbor sold their house, to an investor who hired a handyman last fall to paint the house and trim the plants. I have a Yellow Oleander (Thevetia peruviana) that was planted by the previous owner of our house in a rather awkward spot, presumably to shade the patio and offer privacy from the neighbor. You know how close houses are placed these days. The side yard is only 4.5 feet wide. This Thevetia was planted close to the block wall and was cut back very badly by the handyman last fall.

Now, the plant is shooting out new growth in all sorts of awkward places and to add insult to injury, it has been attacked by some glassy winged sharpshooters.

I hope some of the members here can offer suggestions on what do do with this. When we moved here I knew the plant was badly placed, but it does help with shade and privacy (well, it used to).

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greyongray

Yep, oleanders really want to LIVE! They will put out shoots like crazy and it is darn hard to actually damage them.

Was yours trained as a tree, a hedge, or allowed to be a shrub? I think what I would do is give it a little water and let it grow. Prune in the fall so it doesn't immediately put out a bunch of new shoots.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2012 at 9:10PM
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haname(z9 AZ NE Phoenix)

It's trained as a tree, no room for a large shrub in that spot. So you think it would be best to allow the odd growth to do what it wants until fall?

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 1:12PM
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