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Prostrate shrub

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– Background:
– Prostration may occur due to weak supporting tissues in stems.
– Genetic disposition can cause branches to grow horizontally to avoid strong sunlight.
– Environmental factors like strong winds can prune away erect branches.
– Prostrate plants may be used in horticulture as groundcovers and for erosion prevention.
– Prostrate shrubs are essential components of rock gardens.

– Ecology:
– Prostrate shrubs are used in hanging baskets and for green roofs.
– Urban gardens’ size reduction has increased the demand for dwarf plants.
– Prostrate plant forms can be created through deliberate breeding and selection.
– Shrubs like Banksia Roller Coaster and Grevillea Poorinda Royal Mantle are examples of prostrate varieties.
– Prostrate shrubs contribute to environmental conservation in green walls.

– Species:
– Roses, junipers, and cotoneasters can grow prostrate.
– Heaths, heathers, and wintergreens are examples of prostrate shrubs.
– Daphnes and rosemary can also form prostrate shrubs.
– North American bunchberry can appear as a prostrate shrub.
– Various species like Gaultheria humifusa and Pyracanthas are prostrate growers.

– See also:
Cushion plant

– References:
– Stewart’s book discusses prostration in plants.
– Adams’ book focuses on the Juniperus genus.
– Huxley’s edited work includes information on gardening.
– Manning and Paterson-Jones provide a field guide to Fynbos.
– Eyde’s research delves into the systematics of dogwoods.

Prostrate shrub (Wikipedia)

A prostrate shrub is a woody plant, most of the branches of which lie upon or just above the ground, rather than being held erect as are the branches of most trees and shrubs.

Gastrolobium minus, a prostrate shrub native to Western Australia, popular in horticulture
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