Shrubs vs. Bushes – What’s the Difference?
5 Aug 19
5 Aug 19
This is a shrub, that is a bush. Have you ever been left scratching your head over the proper title for the plant that is sitting in your flowerbed? I think we’ve all been there. So let’s get a final verdict on what can cause an entry-level gardeners headache — what’s the difference between a shrub and a bush?
Well, actually nothing. The two terms are essentially synonyms. Let’s quickly turn to the dictionary for some clarity on the great plant debacle. Merriam-Webster defines –
Bush: A low densely branched shrub.
Shrub: A low usually several-stemmed woody plant.
So if you take it at face value, a shrub and bush are interchangeable terms for a low lying woody plant with multiple stems. But let’s dig a little deeper into that definition, and what characterizes these plants.
A shrub or bush is generally viewed as a woody plant that presents several perennial stems and does not eclipse 13 feet in height, with stems that are not greater than three inches in diameter.
Shrubs or bushes differ from trees in the aspect that besides being shorter in size, they have multiple root systems growing in the ground versus a single trunk. Shrubs also typically feature a rounded shape to them.
So now you may be thinking you’ve got the difference between shrubs and trees down, but what about hedges? Good question.
Hedges, which are normally used for aesthetic landscape design or to provide homeowner privacy, is just a tightly planted cluster of hedges or bushes.
(Tall shrubs planted closely together form a “hedge,” and help provide shade and privacy.)
As one of the most versatile plants that you can introduce to your garden, shrubs provide a multitude of benefits to both homeowners and the environment, making them a popular choice in Missouri. By placing a few strategically planted bushes on your property can produce:
Popular choices of shrubs within the state of Missouri include:
Whether you are needing old ugly shrubs and bushes removed, or are looking to find the perfect plants to fill your garden, Voss can help with our nursery services! Plant the perfect shrub (or bush) today. Contact us to get started on your next project!
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