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Differences Between Tree And Bush

The differences between tree and bush can be confusing, particularly when you are facing a bush that looks a lot like a tree or vice versa. However, there is a definite difference between trees and shrubs and; although some plants blur the boundaries, in most cases it is easy determine the shape of a particular plant.

Tree definition

The primary characteristic that defines a plant as a tree is its size. The generally most common tree definition, and the one that has the acceptance of  the American Forests organization.  Is that of a plant, that has a single vertical woody trunk, with a minimum diameter of 3 inches (7.5 cm) and 4 feet (1.2 m) High. Furthermore, the trunk must be perennial; which means, it can not die every winter and grow back every spring. And, finally, the tree must be at least 13 feet (4 m) tall and have a markedly extended crown.

Pimienta Racemosa (Bayrum tree) - bush vs tree

Definition of bush

Any perennial woody plant that does not meet the minimum size requirements to be a a tree and can be classified as a shrub. Shrubs usually have more than one vertical woody trunk, with several rising from the base. Some definitions indicate that, to be considered shrubs, they must have a height greater than 1.5 feet (45 cm) or run the risk of being considered a simple plant or creeper.

Tree vs Bush – The Differences

What is the difference between a tree and a bush? Taking into account their definitions, when you’re up to chose what’s best for your garden.  You should carefully examine the purpose of the tree/bush you’re going to be planting. Also they are some trees that can be grown as multi trunk, or as we call them standard with a single trunk. Such as: Pimienta Racemosa (Bayrum tree), Myrcianthes Fragrans (Simpson Stopper), Clusia Guttiffera (Small Leaf Clusia) among others.

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