shrubby - meaning and definition. What is shrubby
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What (who) is shrubby - definition

Shrubs; Bushes; Shrubby; Bush (plant); Bush (shrub); Schrub; Frutices; Frutex
  • broom]] shrub in flower
  • ''[[Hydrangea macrophylla]]''
  • Vogelsberg]]
  • Webb County]], Texas.
  • ''[[Senecio angulatus]]'', a scrambling shrub by the sea (yellow-flowered).
  • A [[rhododendron]] shrubbery in [[Sheringham Park]]
  • Winter-flowering [[Witch-hazel]] (''Hamamelis'')

A shrubby plant is like a shrub.
...a shrubby tree.
ADJ: usu ADJ n
·superl Full of shrubs.
II. Shrubby ·superl Of the nature of a shrub; resembling a shrub.



A shrub (often also called a bush) is a small-to-medium-sized perennial woody plant. Unlike herbaceous plants, shrubs have persistent woody stems above the ground. Shrubs can be either deciduous or evergreen. They are distinguished from trees by their multiple stems and shorter height, less than 6–10 m (20–33 ft) tall. Small shrubs, less than 2 m (6.6 ft) tall are sometimes termed as subshrubs. Many botanical groups have species that are shrubs, and others that are trees and herbaceous plants instead.

Some define a shrub as less than 6 m (20 ft) and a tree as over 6 m. Others use 10 m (33 ft) as the cutoff point for classification. Many trees do not reach this mature height because of hostile less than ideal growing conditions, and resemble shrub-sized plants. Others in such species have the potential to grow taller in ideal conditions. For longevity, most shrubs are classified between perennials and trees. Some only last about five years in good conditions. Others, usually larger and more woody, live beyond 70. On average, they die after eight years.

Shrubland is the natural landscape dominated by various shrubs; there are many distinct types around the world, including fynbos, maquis, shrub-steppe, shrub swamp and moorland. In gardens and parks, an area largely dedicated to shrubs (now somewhat less fashionable than a century ago) is called a shrubbery, shrub border or shrub garden. There are many garden cultivars of shrubs, bred for flowering, for example rhododendrons, and sometimes even leaf colour or shape.

Compared to trees and herbaceous plants, perhaps a relatively small number of shrubs have agricultural or commercial uses. Apart from the several berry-bearing species (using the culinary rather than botanical definition), few are eaten directly, and they are generally too small for much timber use unlike trees. Those that are used include several perfumed species such as lavender and rose, and a wide range of plants with medicinal uses. Tea and coffee are on the tree-shrub boundary; they are normally harvested from shrub-sized plants, but these would be large enough to become small trees if left to grow instead.

Pronunciation examples for shrubby
1. This little tablet is made of a small red fruit called the miracle fruit, a shrubby
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Examples of use of shrubby
1. Bluebeard (Caryopteris) Shrubby plant with deep–blue flower clusters; hardy to –5° F.
2. I am ready for a new wife." Mr Gul was one of six residents of Asad Khyl, an arid, brown village of high–walled mud homes, cracked culverts, dry streams and shrubby vineyards in the rolling Shomali plains north of Kabul, whom I had chosen to take part in our live One Day in Afghanistan project.
3. Many plants will thrive for a time and can be replaced when they decline, while others, such as the shrubby dogwoods, can surprise: It was thought they wouldn‘t survive the winter, so the trees were boxed in the fall and replanted in spring.