Shrubs, also described interchangeably as bushes, are small to medium-sized plants with woody above ground stems. With multiple stems and heights that are shorter than trees, shrubs are distinguished from bushes by being cultivated and shaped in garden settings (bushes are often understood as occurring in the wild) and more upright foliage (bushes have foliage that droop closer to the ground).

What are shrubs?

Shrubs are small to medium-sized plants that are smaller than trees and are characterized by their woody stems that occur above ground.

What is the difference between a shrub and a bush?

While there is no defined horticultural difference between the usage of the term shrub or bush, shrubs are generally understood to be plants that are cultivate and shaped in garden settings and typically have vertical foliage that doesn’t encroach the ground.

What is an example of a popular shrub?

Hydrangeas and Lilacs are both very popular flowering shrubs that are iconic additions to any garden.

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Ocotillo
Illustration of the silhouette of an Ocotillo plant

The Ocotillo, Fouquieria splendens, also known as coachwhip, candlewood, or desert coral is a shrub known for its unique looks. The Ocotillo has long cane-like stems that branch from a base at different angles. These stems are mainly leafless, but produce clusters of bright red flowers from the stem’s tips, after which it was named.

The Ocotillo is a common and adaptable desert plant that is native to the south of the United States and northern deserts of Mexico, preferring open and very rocky habitats with well-drained soil. The lifespan of the Ocotillo is between 60 to 100 years.

The Ocotillo, Fouquieria splendens, also known as coachwhip, candlewood, or desert coral is a shrub known for its unique looks. The Ocotillo has long cane-like stems that branch from a base at different angles. These stems are mainly leafless, but produce clusters of bright red flowers.

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Blue Fescue
Size comparison of a Blue Fescue plant to an average person

Blue Fescue, also known as blue mountain grass, is a dome-shaped flowering ornamental grass that is known for its blue-gray foliage. Finely textured in individual clumps, Blue Fescue is a drought tolerant shrub, though it prefers regularly watering, that blooms in late-spring and early-summer with pale yellow flowers. Because they are often understated, Blue Fescue plantings are easy to care for and pair well with larger and more dramatic plants.

Finely textured in individual clumps, Blue Fescue shrubs reach heights of 8”-12” (20-30.5 cm) and spread between 6”-9” (15-23 cm).

Collection of elevation drawings of Blue Fescue plants with varying heights
Blue Fescue, also known as blue mountain grass, is a dome-shaped flowering ornamental grass that is known for its blue-gray foliage.

Finely textured in individual clumps, Blue Fescue shrubs reach heights of 8”-12” (20-30.5 cm) and spread between 6”-9” (15-23 cm).

Collection of elevation drawings of Blue Fescue plants with varying heights
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Height: 8”-12” | 20-30.5 cm
Width: 6”-9” | 15-23 cm
Bloom: Early summer
Flower: Greenish to yellow
Care: Water weekly; well drained; dry to medium soil; full sun
Scientific name: Festuca glauca

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