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Shrubs are woody plants with multiple stems and are generally smaller than trees. Examples of shrubs include boxwood, roses, rhododendrons and azaleas, mountain laurel, jasmine and juniper. Shrubs are used to add interest and texture to residential and commercial landscapes and are often grown for t


The Department of Horticulture of Oregon State University and the Colorado State University Extension provide plant identification tools and systems that allow online users to determine various types of shrubs. The United States Department of Agriculture also provides a trees and shrubs pocket guide


Fast growing trees and shrubs are available online through the Arbor Day Foundation, by using the Shop tab on the organization's website. Users should type "fast growing" in the search engine under the Shop tab, to reveal all of the fast growing trees and shrubs.


When trimming trees and shrubs, get the right equipment, know the best time to trim and always make the cut close to where the branch begins from the main limb. Remove dead or diseased branches and branches that are entangled or thick, which can cause other branches injury over time.


Pruning to remove dead wood can be done at any time. Other times to prune include winter, summer and spring. The best time to prune trees and shrubs depends mainly on why the pruning is necessary.


When landscaping with shrubs and trees, the grower should choose varieties that grow well in the soil conditions, light and climate. The mature size of the shrub or tree matters more than its current size. Size, color and leaf texture should be balanced with other elements of the landscape.


Some dwarf trees and shrubs include the Chinese fringe tree, dwarf globe blue spruce, purple prince butterfly bush and dwarf Arctic blue leaf willow. Other options include boxwood, California lilac and cotoneaster.


Many different fruit tree identification guides are available. They can be found in print as desktop or pocket field guides, online, and as iPhone apps. Tree identification guides are usually divided by region. These guides help identify trees by their fruit, leaves, flowers, bark or branches.


The best time to prune most trees and shrubs is in the late winter or early spring. Flowering shrubs should be pruned in late spring, after the plant is finished blooming.


Most landscape trees and shrubs can be pruned in late winter or early spring while they are dormant. Exceptions are trees that produce sap, such as maple and birch, and some flowering shrubs that bloom on the last season's growth.