Identify a Shrub:





Identify a Shrub:

What’s The Difference Between a Shrub & a Tree?

     Unlike shrubs, which tend to grow shorter (under 20 ft. generally) and which have multiple woody stems but with none dominant, trees have one distinguishable primary trunk.  Depending on the climate, a tree can grow in shrub form, or a shrub  can grow in tree form.  For instance, here’s a juniper growing in tree form among the lower Sierra Nevada Mountains in the Sequoia National Forest:

Which best describes the shrub you’re going to identify?

Has NO Thorns

Willow  {Salix sp.} (growing by water, lance-like leaves), Manzanita {Arctostaphylos sp.};  smooth, red to orange branches. Succulent (fleshy, water-bearing) leaves. Red berries, Sagebrush {Artemisia tridentata};  small, powdery-white green leaves, wonderful aromatic smell,  Ephedra {Ephedra sp.}; green, segmented stems w/ NO leaves

Has Thorns

Blackberry {Rubus ursinus}California Wild Rose {Rosa californica}Red Raspberry {Rubus sp.}

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Below are some examples:

Manzanita shrub example

Above:  ManzanitaRabbitbrush woody stems
Above:  Rabbitbrush



Above: Sandfoot

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