What is the difference between a tree and a shrub
Posted on: September 14th, 2017
When visiting our customer’s premises to carry out our service, on numerous occasions we’re asked what the difference is between shrubs and trees - and is there even a difference?
It’s pretty straightforward to be able to tell a shrub from a tree. Below I have defined each both of them so you can gain an understanding how they so differ.
How to tell a tree from a shrub?
A tree is a single woody trunk supporting it’s branches. The wood trunk is usually 3 inches in diameter, has a crown of foliage and is of a substantial height of 13ft once it is mature.
How to tell a shrub from a tree?
Shrubs certainly differ from trees, as they usually branch nearer to the ground with several narrow stems and branches rather than a solitary trunk. The shrub is usually less ridged than a single trunk tree. The weight is usually less than a mature tree of 13 ft, its stems are usually less than 3 inches in diameter.
Is it all about size between a shrub and a tree?
While size can be one way that can differentiate between the two species, this is not the deciding element. Regardless of whether it's a tree, shrub or plant is really chosen when the tree or shrub is only a small seed. One thing to note however, as with numerous things, there are exceptions to the rules above. There are a few trees, including the Japanese maple and stream birch, that can have numerous trunks.
Likewise with shrubs, you can usually shape them into a small tree.
We hope this has helped you to tell your trees apart from your shrubs
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We also specialise in tree planting, tree maintenance and provide tree aftercare programmes.
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What is the difference between a tree and a shurb