a1823J. EwartJrnl (1970) 14The Protea of Linn[aeus], called by the colonists the sugar bush, from the quantity of sweet juices the large and beautiful flowers contain, which they often extract and use as a substitute for that article.
1838J.E. AlexanderExped. into Int.I. 25Here there were broad green leaves encircling the purple flowers of the protea mellifera, or sugar-bush of the Cape.
1856R.E.E. WilmotDiary (1984) 114The sugar bush (P. mellifera) was in profusion of flower.
1857‘J.S.H.’ inCape Monthly Mag.I. May 268The native plant which has grown most luxuriantly of all in the sands, is the sugar-bush — Protea myrtales...Sugar bushes, and Port Jackson willow,..thrive well.
1862‘A Lady’Life at Cape (1963) 89When we left the dear old soul..promised to send me some sugar-bush syrup as a cure for cough and relaxed throat for my little girls.
a1875T. BainesJrnl of Res. (1964) II. 257On the height we had now attained, the sugar-bush, or protea,..was expanding its crimson cones into lighter but still beautifully coloured flowers.
1900E.E.K. LowndesEvery-Day Life 34Dotted with bushes of varying colour and appearance,..the sugar bush, or protea, being conspicuous.
1906B. StonemanPlants & their Ways 209The involucres of P. mellifera (the Sugar Bush) are often half filled with honey in the early spring.
1917R. MarlothDict. of Common Names of Plants 78Sugar bush, The most frequent species of Protea employed for the manufacture of a syrup (bossies stroop) is P. mellifera.
1926P.W. LaidlerTavern of Ocean 94The beautiful silver-tree was used for fuel, and sugar-bush was planted to replace it.
1931F.C. SlaterSecret Veld 146Surrounded by rugged hills mottled with light grey rocks and dotted with glossy-leaved sugar-bush.
1965S. EliovsonS. Afr. Wild Flowers for Garden 265P. mellifera...True Sugarbush..This is the Sugar-bush that was used by the first Cape colonists who collected the nectar.
1970M. MullerCloud across Moon 239The masses of white and pink sugar bushes were covered with newly opened sticky, stiff flowers.
1976W. Héfer inOptimaVol.26No.2, 46Proteas dominate the indigenous growth on the mountain slope and include the creamy-white and the rarer coloured sugar bush, and, in one area, the beautiful blushing bride.
1984S. Afr. Panorama July 48Members of the well-known family Proteaceae (popularly known as sugar bushes).
1986Conserva Oct. 24Protea caffra Common sugarbush...Protea repens True Sugarbush.
1987T.F.J. Van RensburgIntro. to Fynbos 10The flower-bud of a blue sugar-bush (Protea neriifolia).
1987T.F.J. Van RensburgIntro. to Fynbos 16There is..a large variety of sugarbushes (Protea spp.).
1993Grocott’s Mail 6 Aug. 10Protea obtusifolia, Bredasdorp Sugarbush. Protea Repens, Sugarbush.