deciduous, evergreen
dwarf, large, low, medium-sized, small, tall
spring, spring-flowering, etc.
thorny, woody
dense, thick
fast-growing, vigorous
ornamental, wall
plant, put in
dig out (AmE), dig up, take out
cut back, prune, trim (esp. AmE)

Overgrown deciduous shrubs can be cut back at this time of year.


These shrubs don't grow well here.

be planted with shrubs

The bed is planted with flowering shrubs.

a variety of shrub

Collocations dictionary. 2013.


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  • shrub — shrub1 [shrub] n. [Early ME schrubbe < OE scrybb, brushwood, akin to SCRUB1, Dan skrubbe] a low, woody plant with several permanent stems instead of a single trunk; bush shrublike adj. shrub2 [shrub] n. [Ar sharāb, a drink: see SYRUP] …   English World dictionary

  • Shrub — Shrub, n. [Ar. shirb, shurb, a drink, beverage, fr. shariba to drink. Cf. {Sirup}, {Sherbet}.] A liquor composed of vegetable acid, especially lemon juice, and sugar, with spirit to preserve it. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shrub — Shrub, n. [OE. schrob, AS. scrob, scrobb; akin to Norw. skrubba the dwarf cornel tree.] (Bot.) A woody plant of less size than a tree, and usually with several stems from the same root. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shrub — Shrub, v. t. To lop; to prune. [Obs.] Anderson (1573). [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shrub — (schröbb), engl. Getränk aus Branntwein, Citronen , Apfelsinensaft und Zucker …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • shrub — [ʃrʌb] n [: Old English; Origin: scrybb] a small bush with several woody stems …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • shrub — [ ʃrʌb ] noun count a low thick bush, especially one that has been planted in a yard …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • shrub — O.E. scrybb brushwood, shrubbery, a rare and late word, possibly from a Scandinavian source (Cf. dialectal Dan. skrub brushwood, Norw. skrubba dwarf tree ). Presumably related to N.Fris. skrobb broom plant, brushwood; W.Flem. schrobbe climbing… …   Etymology dictionary

  • shrub — ► NOUN ▪ a woody plant which is smaller than a tree and has several main stems arising at or near the ground. DERIVATIVES shrubby adjective. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • shrub|by — «SHRUHB ee», adjective, bi|er, bi|est. 1. like shrubs. 2. covered with shrubs. 3. consisting of shrubs …   Useful english dictionary

  • shrub — semi·shrub; shrub·ber·ied; shrub·bery; shrub·bi·ness; shrub·by; shrub; shrub·let; sub·shrub; …   English syllables

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