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Some species are traditionally called "bush,"
like a rose bush; a hydrangea bush, a blackberry bush, a lilac bush.
Offhand, I can't think of a case of a "(blank) shrub," but I'm not much of a landscaper.
We'd say, I planted some expensive shrubbery around my house.
We wouldn't say, I planted some expensive bushes around my house.
That's not to say that roses are cheap. But we'd say, I planted rose bushes.
During fire season, we "clear away the brush / trim, cut away, cut back the bushes."
Bushes grow wild on the mountains. We don't call that shrubbery.
Of course, people who love nature often know the names of the wild bushes.
There may be people who call the wild growth on the mountains and in the forests "shrubbery,"
but it's not common.
Bush: (n) A shrub with branches; a thick shrub; technically, a low and much-branched shrub.
However, I don't believe it for a minute; I think they're synonymous. The GardenWeb Glossary of Botanical Terms (which should know the topic best) says:
BUSH: A shrub, especially one that is low and thick with many stems rather than a single trunk.
SHRUB: A woody perennial, smaller than a tree, usually with several .
Which leaves us about back where we started-- unless our shrub unusually has a single trunk.
I think you've totally exhausted the topic. Now I know how to tell off all that stuff.
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