Trees are perennial woody plants with long trunks. Trees grow all over the earth, mostly because they beat out ferns by evolving seeds.

Trees aren't a taxonomic designation, more a visual description, so even the big ferns we mentioned above are sometimes described as trees.

There's no definition for shrub, either, so when you try to decide whether something's a tree or a shrub, your judgement is just as good as anyone's else. Wikipedia says small trees are classified as shrubs, but that the "minimum height" of a tree is anywhere from 0.5 to 10 m (1.6 to 32.8 ft) so really it's anyone's guess.

About Trees

If you want to support trees, plant them, care for them, and call the occasional tree doctor for them. Fund local nature programs and parks. Support controlled burns. Thank you.

I'm a big fan of The Secret Life of Trees, a great book for learning how trees communicate with each other.


All the tree pictures on this site were sourced from


Facts about trees

All of the following tree facts are from Precision Landscape and Tree.

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