Oleanders do not require pruning to be healthy, but some pruning will result in a bushier shrub and allow you to achieve your desired shape. Oleanders are easy to cut, and a good pair of hand-pruners will usually do the job.Continue Reading
A leaf node is the point where three leaves have sprouted from the branch. Cutting just above it forces new branches to grow, resulting in a fuller, bushier plant.
Oleanders are fast growers, so annual pruning may be necessary to maintain the desired shape and size. As a general rule, do not remove more than one-third of the total branches in a year.
The time to prune oleanders is right after they finish blooming, usually in late August or early September in Northern America. This gives new growth a chance to harden off before winter. Pruning too late can leave new shoots exposed to harsh weather.