shrub type is also very variable and can range in size from miniatures to
giants, 12 feet tall. Some varieties have leaves up to 24 inches long
under perfect conditions. The leaf surface is also variable. Some have
smooth shiny leaves while other types have hairy or felted leaves.
Shrub-like begonias get their name from the way they grow with many shoots
coming up from the soil to make a full plant. They are very multi-stemmed.
Most varieties do not bloom as often or as as heavily as the cane-like
begonias but some are are everblooming and are used as bedding plants
across the country. The shrub type is grown mostly for it's ease of
growing, interesting leaves, and full growth. Most shrubs have white
flowers but there are plenty of pink and red ones also, and many have