Plants that have woody stems are leaves, bushes and shrubs such as lilac and forsythia plants. Shrubs and bushes are similar to trees, but have a few major differences such as height and branches.Continue Reading
It is important to note that shrubs and bushes are not just small trees. Shrubs have branches that are in small clusters or clumps. Their branches never get as large as a tree's branches and they break off into small buds. They are generally shorter than trees, but can equal the same height as some smaller trees.
A plant is described as either having a woody or non-woody stem. The majority of plants that include bushes and trees are woody stems. Flowers and bushes that do not have clusters of buds on them are usually the non-woody kind.
A woody stem is identified by bark covering the stems. This bark is what protects the stem and allows the plant to live a successful life. Woody plants have leaves on them that are extensions of the branches. The leaves are connected to the branches and provide the rest of the plant with the sunlight and nutrients it needs to survive. The roots of the plants gather water and help send it up the woody area of the plant to enable it to reach the leaves, which need water to transport the nutrients from photosynthesis.Learn more about Botany
Plants that belong to the cactus family are stem succulents, perform photosynthesis, have specialized skin surfaces and have spines and unique flowers. Succulents are plants that absorb large amounts of water in their tissues. Cacti are stem succulents, which means they store their water in thick stems, rather than in leaves. Plants such as aloe vera are sometimes confused with cacti because their long, pointed leaves hold water.Full Answer >
Plants with red leaves can range in color from a brilliant red to a deep burgundy, according to Shrubland Park Gardens. The Japanese maple, for example, has purple leaves that turn brilliant red in the fall. This small tree grows very well in a well-drained pot in the garden. The Japanese fern also makes an interesting display with a dark red stripe running down the center of its metallic-looking leaves.Full Answer >
Some bushes and shrubs found in Florida can include wax myrtle, firebush, bottlebrush, azalea, oleander, buttonbush, yaupon holly and banana shrub. Some of these shrubs are native species, such as firebush and buttonbush, and other are appropriate choices for different Florida regions.Full Answer >
Itch weed is the common name for the stinging nettle, a perennial herb with pinkish, heart-shaped flowers and bristly protrusions on its stem and leaves. The plant flourishes throughout the United States, along roadsides, near mountains and in forest areas.Full Answer >