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Sugarbushes
Sugarbushes (Protea)
Sugarbushes are a diverse group of subtropical flowering plants. The genus was named by Carl Linnaeus in 1735, supposedly after Proteus, the ancient Greek god who could freely change his form. The genus was given this name due to the richness and variety of forms these plants take, including many varieties of attractive flowers.
Lifespan
Lifespan
Perennial
Plant Type
Plant Type
Shrub
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Key Facts About Sugarbushes

Attributes of Sugarbushes

Plant Height
1.5 m
Spread
1.5 m
Leaf type
Semi-evergreen

Scientific Classification of Sugarbushes

species

Exploring the Sugarbushes Plants

8 most common species:
Protea neriifolia
Narrow-leaf sugarbush
Narrow-leaf sugarbush (Protea neriifolia) is a plant species native and endemic to South Africa. Narrow-leaf sugarbush grows commonly in the southern coastal mountain regions near Cape Town. This species is often cultivated and is considered one of the easiest Protea species to grow. Narrow-leaf sugarbush is pollinated by scarab beetles and birds.
Protea cynaroides
King protea
The king protea is a shrub with a flower that looks like it belongs in a fairy tale. The large, globe-shaped buds resemble giant artichokes before they open. The Latin name *Protea cynaroides* is reminiscent of the Greek sea-god, Proteus, who was known to change shapes, suggesting the diversity found in this unique bloom.
Protea magnifica
Queen sugarbush
Queen sugarbush are a diverse group of subtropical flowering plants. The genus was named by Carl Linnaeus in 1735, supposedly after Proteus, the ancient Greek god who could freely change his form. The genus was given this name due to the richness and variety of forms these plants take, including many varieties of attractive flowers.
Protea roupelliae
Silver sugarbush
Silver sugarbush is a dwarf shrub commonly found in nutrient-poor soils. Due to its sweet nectar, this low-sprawler is attractive to birds, especially the sugarbird, which is thought to be where the Dwarf silver sugarbush's name derives from. Silver sugarbush is considered critically endangered in South Africa.
Protea repens
Sugar Bush
Common sugarbush derives its common name from the large volume of nectar it creates. Early settlers widely used them for sugar and syrup production. This quality is also loved by baboons and birds. The nectar-bearing flowers grow from cream to pinkish-red bracts and can remain on the plant for years.
Protea subvestita
Waterlily sugarbush
Waterlily sugarbush is native to South Africa's fynbos biome. Its unusual blooms resemble waterlilies, with white to pink petals adorned with greenish-brown bracts, and attract bees and birds. The colorful flowers are often used in floral arrangements and gardens.
Protea caffra
Common sugarbush
A unique plant that is occasionally cultivated in tropical gardens to add texture and color, common sugarbush can either grow as a tree or shrub in its natural South African habitat. In areas where wildfires are common, it has a bush-like growth habit.
Protea montana
Protea montana
Protea montana are a diverse group of subtropical flowering plants. The genus was named by Carl Linnaeus in 1735, supposedly after Proteus, the ancient Greek god who could freely change his form. The genus was given this name due to the richness and variety of forms these plants take, including many varieties of attractive flowers.

All Species of Sugarbushes

Narrow-leaf sugarbush
Protea neriifolia
Narrow-leaf sugarbush
Narrow-leaf sugarbush (Protea neriifolia) is a plant species native and endemic to South Africa. Narrow-leaf sugarbush grows commonly in the southern coastal mountain regions near Cape Town. This species is often cultivated and is considered one of the easiest Protea species to grow. Narrow-leaf sugarbush is pollinated by scarab beetles and birds.
King protea
Protea cynaroides
King protea
The king protea is a shrub with a flower that looks like it belongs in a fairy tale. The large, globe-shaped buds resemble giant artichokes before they open. The Latin name *Protea cynaroides* is reminiscent of the Greek sea-god, Proteus, who was known to change shapes, suggesting the diversity found in this unique bloom.
Queen sugarbush
Protea magnifica
Queen sugarbush
Queen sugarbush are a diverse group of subtropical flowering plants. The genus was named by Carl Linnaeus in 1735, supposedly after Proteus, the ancient Greek god who could freely change his form. The genus was given this name due to the richness and variety of forms these plants take, including many varieties of attractive flowers.
Silver sugarbush
Protea roupelliae
Silver sugarbush
Silver sugarbush is a dwarf shrub commonly found in nutrient-poor soils. Due to its sweet nectar, this low-sprawler is attractive to birds, especially the sugarbird, which is thought to be where the Dwarf silver sugarbush's name derives from. Silver sugarbush is considered critically endangered in South Africa.
Sugar Bush
Protea repens
Sugar Bush
Common sugarbush derives its common name from the large volume of nectar it creates. Early settlers widely used them for sugar and syrup production. This quality is also loved by baboons and birds. The nectar-bearing flowers grow from cream to pinkish-red bracts and can remain on the plant for years.
Waterlily sugarbush
Protea subvestita
Waterlily sugarbush
Waterlily sugarbush is native to South Africa's fynbos biome. Its unusual blooms resemble waterlilies, with white to pink petals adorned with greenish-brown bracts, and attract bees and birds. The colorful flowers are often used in floral arrangements and gardens.
Common sugarbush
Protea caffra
Common sugarbush
A unique plant that is occasionally cultivated in tropical gardens to add texture and color, common sugarbush can either grow as a tree or shrub in its natural South African habitat. In areas where wildfires are common, it has a bush-like growth habit.
Protea montana
Protea montana
Protea montana
Protea montana are a diverse group of subtropical flowering plants. The genus was named by Carl Linnaeus in 1735, supposedly after Proteus, the ancient Greek god who could freely change his form. The genus was given this name due to the richness and variety of forms these plants take, including many varieties of attractive flowers.
Sulphur sugarbush
Protea sulphurea
Sulphur sugarbush
Sulphur sugarbush are a diverse group of subtropical flowering plants. The genus was named by Carl Linnaeus in 1735, supposedly after Proteus, the ancient Greek god who could freely change his form. The genus was given this name due to the richness and variety of forms these plants take, including many varieties of attractive flowers.
Drakensberg sugarbush
Protea dracomontana
Drakensberg sugarbush
Drakensberg sugarbush are a diverse group of subtropical flowering plants. The genus was named by Carl Linnaeus in 1735, supposedly after Proteus, the ancient Greek god who could freely change his form. The genus was given this name due to the richness and variety of forms these plants take, including many varieties of attractive flowers.
Dwarf savanna sugarbush
Protea welwitschii
Dwarf savanna sugarbush
Dwarf savanna sugarbush are a diverse group of subtropical flowering plants. The genus was named by Carl Linnaeus in 1735, supposedly after Proteus, the ancient Greek god who could freely change his form. The genus was given this name due to the richness and variety of forms these plants take, including many varieties of attractive flowers.
Broadleaf sugarbush
Protea eximia
Broadleaf sugarbush
Broadleaf sugarbush are a diverse group of subtropical flowering plants. The genus was named by Carl Linnaeus in 1735, supposedly after Proteus, the ancient Greek god who could freely change his form. The genus was given this name due to the richness and variety of forms these plants take, including many varieties of attractive flowers.
Groove-leaf sugarbush
Protea canaliculata
Groove-leaf sugarbush
Groove-leaf sugarbush are a diverse group of subtropical flowering plants. The genus was named by Carl Linnaeus in 1735, supposedly after Proteus, the ancient Greek god who could freely change his form. The genus was given this name due to the richness and variety of forms these plants take, including many varieties of attractive flowers.
Rough-leaf sugarbush
Protea aspera
Rough-leaf sugarbush
Rough-leaf sugarbush are a diverse group of subtropical flowering plants. The genus was named by Carl Linnaeus in 1735, supposedly after Proteus, the ancient Greek god who could freely change his form. The genus was given this name due to the richness and variety of forms these plants take, including many varieties of attractive flowers.
Thistle protea
Protea scolymocephala
Thistle protea
Thistle protea are a diverse group of subtropical flowering plants. The genus was named by Carl Linnaeus in 1735, supposedly after Proteus, the ancient Greek god who could freely change his form. The genus was given this name due to the richness and variety of forms these plants take, including many varieties of attractive flowers.
Barbers hybrid
Protea longifolia
Barbers hybrid
Barbers hybrid are a diverse group of subtropical flowering plants. The genus was named by Carl Linnaeus in 1735, supposedly after Proteus, the ancient Greek god who could freely change his form. The genus was given this name due to the richness and variety of forms these plants take, including many varieties of attractive flowers.
Kleinmond sugarbush
Protea angustata
Kleinmond sugarbush
Kleinmond sugarbush are a diverse group of subtropical flowering plants. The genus was named by Carl Linnaeus in 1735, supposedly after Proteus, the ancient Greek god who could freely change his form. The genus was given this name due to the richness and variety of forms these plants take, including many varieties of attractive flowers.
Protea lorifolia
Protea lorifolia
Protea lorifolia
Protea lorifolia are a diverse group of subtropical flowering plants. The genus was named by Carl Linnaeus in 1735, supposedly after Proteus, the ancient Greek god who could freely change his form. The genus was given this name due to the richness and variety of forms these plants take, including many varieties of attractive flowers.
Protea piscina
Protea piscina
Protea piscina
This shrub plant is a long-living species with distinctively tubular, long green leaves and thick, bushy flowers that grow low at their center. Protea piscina forms a mat as it grows, and thrives even in areas with fires.
Protea stokoei
Protea stokoei
Protea stokoei
Protea stokoei are a diverse group of subtropical flowering plants. The genus was named by Carl Linnaeus in 1735, supposedly after Proteus, the ancient Greek god who could freely change his form. The genus was given this name due to the richness and variety of forms these plants take, including many varieties of attractive flowers.
Limestone sugarbush
Protea obtusifolia
Limestone sugarbush
Limestone sugarbush are a diverse group of subtropical flowering plants. The genus was named by Carl Linnaeus in 1735, supposedly after Proteus, the ancient Greek god who could freely change his form. The genus was given this name due to the richness and variety of forms these plants take, including many varieties of attractive flowers.
White sugarbush
Protea mundii
White sugarbush
White sugarbush are a diverse group of subtropical flowering plants. The genus was named by Carl Linnaeus in 1735, supposedly after Proteus, the ancient Greek god who could freely change his form. The genus was given this name due to the richness and variety of forms these plants take, including many varieties of attractive flowers.
Clarks red
Protea aurea
Clarks red
Clarks red are a diverse group of subtropical flowering plants. The genus was named by Carl Linnaeus in 1735, supposedly after Proteus, the ancient Greek god who could freely change his form. The genus was given this name due to the richness and variety of forms these plants take, including many varieties of attractive flowers.
Channelleaf sugarbush
Protea scorzonerifolia
Channelleaf sugarbush
Channelleaf sugarbush are a diverse group of subtropical flowering plants. The genus was named by Carl Linnaeus in 1735, supposedly after Proteus, the ancient Greek god who could freely change his form. The genus was given this name due to the richness and variety of forms these plants take, including many varieties of attractive flowers.
Greyleaf sugarbush
Protea laurifolia
Greyleaf sugarbush
Greyleaf sugarbush are a diverse group of subtropical flowering plants. The genus was named by Carl Linnaeus in 1735, supposedly after Proteus, the ancient Greek god who could freely change his form. The genus was given this name due to the richness and variety of forms these plants take, including many varieties of attractive flowers.
Clasping-leaf sugarbush
Protea amplexicaulis
Clasping-leaf sugarbush
Clasping-leaf sugarbush are a diverse group of subtropical flowering plants. The genus was named by Carl Linnaeus in 1735, supposedly after Proteus, the ancient Greek god who could freely change his form. The genus was given this name due to the richness and variety of forms these plants take, including many varieties of attractive flowers.
Cascade sugarbush
Protea venusta
Cascade sugarbush
Cascade sugarbush are a diverse group of subtropical flowering plants. The genus was named by Carl Linnaeus in 1735, supposedly after Proteus, the ancient Greek god who could freely change his form. The genus was given this name due to the richness and variety of forms these plants take, including many varieties of attractive flowers.
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Dracaena
Dracaena
Dracaena are popular house plants that are easy to grow. They can tolerate low-light conditions and require little watering. Their leaves range from variegated to dark green. Their characteristic traits include woody stems that grow slowly but offer a striking appearance for small spaces such as apartments or offices.
Ficus
Fig trees
Fig trees have been cultivated in many regions for their fruits, particularly the common fig, F. carica. Most of the species have edible fruits, although the common fig is the only one of commercial value. Fig trees are also important food sources for wildlife in the tropics, including monkeys, bats, and insects.
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Brambles
Brambles are members of the rose family, and there are hundreds of different types to be found throughout the European countryside. They have been culturally significant for centuries; Christian folklore stories hold that when the devil was thrown from heaven, he landed on a bramble bush. Their vigorous growth habit can tangle into native plants and take over.
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Maples
The popular tree family known as maples change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Maples popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Prunus
Prunus
Prunus is a genus of flowering fruit trees that includes almonds, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. These are often known as "stone fruits" because their pits are large seeds or "stones." When prunus trees are damaged, they exhibit "gummosis," a condition in which the tree's gum (similar to sap) is secreted to the bark to help heal external wounds.
Solanum
Nightshades
Nightshades is a large and diverse genus of plants, with more than 1500 different types worldwide. This genus incorporates both important staple food crops like tomato, potato, and eggplant, but also dangerous poisonous plants from the nightshade family. The name was coined by Pliny the Elder almost two thousand years ago.
Rosa
Roses
Most species of roses are shrubs or climbing plants that have showy flowers and sharp thorns. They are commonly cultivated for cut flowers or as ornamental plants in gardens due to their attractive appearance, pleasant fragrance, and cultural significance in many countries. The rose hips (fruits) can also be used in jams and teas.
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Oaks
Oaks are among the world's longest-lived trees, sometimes growing for over 1,000 years! The oldest known oak tree is in the southern United States and is over 1,500 years old. Oaks produce an exceedingly popular type of wood which is used to make different products, from furniture and flooring to wine barrels and even cosmetic creams.
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Protea
Sugarbushes are a diverse group of subtropical flowering plants. The genus was named by Carl Linnaeus in 1735, supposedly after Proteus, the ancient Greek god who could freely change his form. The genus was given this name due to the richness and variety of forms these plants take, including many varieties of attractive flowers.
Lifespan
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Key Facts About Sugarbushes

Attributes of Sugarbushes

Plant Height
1.5 m
Spread
1.5 m
Leaf type
Semi-evergreen

Scientific Classification of Sugarbushes

species

Exploring the Sugarbushes Plants

8 most common species:
Protea neriifolia
Narrow-leaf sugarbush
Narrow-leaf sugarbush (Protea neriifolia) is a plant species native and endemic to South Africa. Narrow-leaf sugarbush grows commonly in the southern coastal mountain regions near Cape Town. This species is often cultivated and is considered one of the easiest Protea species to grow. Narrow-leaf sugarbush is pollinated by scarab beetles and birds.
Protea cynaroides
King protea
The king protea is a shrub with a flower that looks like it belongs in a fairy tale. The large, globe-shaped buds resemble giant artichokes before they open. The Latin name *Protea cynaroides* is reminiscent of the Greek sea-god, Proteus, who was known to change shapes, suggesting the diversity found in this unique bloom.
Protea magnifica
Queen sugarbush
Queen sugarbush are a diverse group of subtropical flowering plants. The genus was named by Carl Linnaeus in 1735, supposedly after Proteus, the ancient Greek god who could freely change his form. The genus was given this name due to the richness and variety of forms these plants take, including many varieties of attractive flowers.
Protea roupelliae
Silver sugarbush
Silver sugarbush is a dwarf shrub commonly found in nutrient-poor soils. Due to its sweet nectar, this low-sprawler is attractive to birds, especially the sugarbird, which is thought to be where the Dwarf silver sugarbush's name derives from. Silver sugarbush is considered critically endangered in South Africa.
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All Species of Sugarbushes

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More Popular Genus

Dracaena
Dracaena
Dracaena are popular house plants that are easy to grow. They can tolerate low-light conditions and require little watering. Their leaves range from variegated to dark green. Their characteristic traits include woody stems that grow slowly but offer a striking appearance for small spaces such as apartments or offices.
Ficus
Fig trees
Fig trees have been cultivated in many regions for their fruits, particularly the common fig, F. carica. Most of the species have edible fruits, although the common fig is the only one of commercial value. Fig trees are also important food sources for wildlife in the tropics, including monkeys, bats, and insects.
Rubus
Brambles
Brambles are members of the rose family, and there are hundreds of different types to be found throughout the European countryside. They have been culturally significant for centuries; Christian folklore stories hold that when the devil was thrown from heaven, he landed on a bramble bush. Their vigorous growth habit can tangle into native plants and take over.
Acer
Maples
The popular tree family known as maples change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Maples popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Prunus
Prunus
Prunus is a genus of flowering fruit trees that includes almonds, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. These are often known as "stone fruits" because their pits are large seeds or "stones." When prunus trees are damaged, they exhibit "gummosis," a condition in which the tree's gum (similar to sap) is secreted to the bark to help heal external wounds.
Solanum
Nightshades
Nightshades is a large and diverse genus of plants, with more than 1500 different types worldwide. This genus incorporates both important staple food crops like tomato, potato, and eggplant, but also dangerous poisonous plants from the nightshade family. The name was coined by Pliny the Elder almost two thousand years ago.
Rosa
Roses
Most species of roses are shrubs or climbing plants that have showy flowers and sharp thorns. They are commonly cultivated for cut flowers or as ornamental plants in gardens due to their attractive appearance, pleasant fragrance, and cultural significance in many countries. The rose hips (fruits) can also be used in jams and teas.
Quercus
Oaks
Oaks are among the world's longest-lived trees, sometimes growing for over 1,000 years! The oldest known oak tree is in the southern United States and is over 1,500 years old. Oaks produce an exceedingly popular type of wood which is used to make different products, from furniture and flooring to wine barrels and even cosmetic creams.
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