Shrubs or Bushes?

Shrubs or Bushes?

Posted by Tammy Sons on 20th Jul 2018

Bushes or Shrubs?

What’s the difference between a bush and a shrub? Both are smaller than trees, but when people speak of a bush, they usually mean a plant with many branches or stems that’s less than six feet six inches tall. Because of this, a bush can form part of the midstory of a garden between the lawn or ground cover and the taller shrubs and trees. Bushes are often used to divide a garden into distinct areas or "rooms" and to provide privacy. They also add line, form, texture, and color to the garden.

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Though many bushes do produce beautiful flowers, especially miniature azaleas or peonies, gardeners usually choose them for their leaves, bark, fruit or their habit. The hedge should also be disease and pest resistant and should be able to thrive in the climate, soil and light conditions around the gardener's property. The plant may need to be pollution tolerant if the property is in a large city.

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A bush can be a bit expensive to buy, and most gardeners start off with young plants. They should be symmetrical, and the root system should be big enough to supply the plant with enough water and nutrients. The plants shouldn't have dried, wilted or dead leaves, buds or stems, and the bark should be healthy. When these plants are put into the places the gardener chooses, the area can look a bit bare at first. However, the gardener needs to have the patience to allow the plants to fill out. In the meantime, perennials or annuals can be planted around the bushes to fill in empty spaces. When planting, it’s also a good rule of thumb to figure that a hedge that will grow to about six feet tall will have a width of about six feet