Shrub


Shrub

A shrub or bush is a horticultural rather than strictly botanical category of woody plant, distinguished from a tree by its multiple stems and lower height, usually less than 5-6 m (15-20 ft) tall. A large number of plants can be either shrubs or trees, depending on the growing conditions they experience. Small, low shrubs such as lavender, periwinkle and thyme are often termed subshrubs.

An area of cultivated shrubs in a park or garden is known as a shrubbery. When clipped as topiary, shrubs generally have dense foliage and many small leafy branches growing close together. Many shrubs respond well to renewal pruning, in which hard cutting back to a 'stool' results in long new stems known as "canes". Other shrubs respond better to selective pruning to reveal their structure and character.

Shrubs in common garden practice are generally broad-leaved plants, though some smaller conifers such as Mountain Pine and Common Juniper are also shrubby in structure. Shrubs can be either deciduous or evergreen.

List of shrubs (bushes)

Those marked * can also develop into tree form.

ee also

*Shrubbery
*George W. Bush
*Kyle Busch


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  • shrub — shrub1 [shrub] n. [Early ME schrubbe < OE scrybb, brushwood, akin to SCRUB1, Dan skrubbe] a low, woody plant with several permanent stems instead of a single trunk; bush shrublike adj. shrub2 [shrub] n. [Ar sharāb, a drink: see SYRUP] …   English World dictionary

  • Shrub — Shrub, n. [Ar. shirb, shurb, a drink, beverage, fr. shariba to drink. Cf. {Sirup}, {Sherbet}.] A liquor composed of vegetable acid, especially lemon juice, and sugar, with spirit to preserve it. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shrub — Shrub, n. [OE. schrob, AS. scrob, scrobb; akin to Norw. skrubba the dwarf cornel tree.] (Bot.) A woody plant of less size than a tree, and usually with several stems from the same root. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shrub — Shrub, v. t. To lop; to prune. [Obs.] Anderson (1573). [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shrub — (schröbb), engl. Getränk aus Branntwein, Citronen , Apfelsinensaft und Zucker …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • shrub — [ʃrʌb] n [: Old English; Origin: scrybb] a small bush with several woody stems …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • shrub — [ ʃrʌb ] noun count a low thick bush, especially one that has been planted in a yard …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • shrub — O.E. scrybb brushwood, shrubbery, a rare and late word, possibly from a Scandinavian source (Cf. dialectal Dan. skrub brushwood, Norw. skrubba dwarf tree ). Presumably related to N.Fris. skrobb broom plant, brushwood; W.Flem. schrobbe climbing… …   Etymology dictionary

  • shrub — ► NOUN ▪ a woody plant which is smaller than a tree and has several main stems arising at or near the ground. DERIVATIVES shrubby adjective. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • shrub|by — «SHRUHB ee», adjective, bi|er, bi|est. 1. like shrubs. 2. covered with shrubs. 3. consisting of shrubs …   Useful english dictionary

  • shrub — semi·shrub; shrub·ber·ied; shrub·bery; shrub·bi·ness; shrub·by; shrub; shrub·let; sub·shrub; …   English syllables


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