sugar tree, noun phrase

Obsolete. sugarbush.
1797 Lady A. Barnard S. Afr. Century Ago (1910) 67We had first to scramble up the side of a pretty perpendicular cascade..the sides of which were shaded with myrtles, sugar trees, and geraniums.
1797 Lady A. Barnard S. Afr. Century Ago (1910) 67 [see bossiestroop].
1797 Lady A. Barnard in Lord Lindsay Lives of Lindsays (1849) III. 384The silver-tree..and the sugar-tree, which was covered in beautiful pink flowers with black seeds — when the flowers are boiled they produce a syrup as rich as honey.
1801 J. Barrow Trav. I. 61Of these,..the mellifera, called here sugar-tree, from the great quantity of saccharine juice contained in the bottom of its vase-shaped flowers.
1874 P. in A.M.L. Robinson Sel. Articles from Cape Monthly Mag. (1978) 179The sweet-scented mimosa bush..gave place to the ‘sugar tree’ (protea), a small shrub-like tree, devoid of much foliage, and useful only as fuel.
sugarbush.
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