Just touching that old tree was truly moving to me because when you touch these trees, you have such a sense of the passage of time, of history. It’s like you’re touching the essence, the very substance of life. – Kim Novak

Research a favorite tree or give students clues and let them go on a scavenger hunt. Some things to include might be:

Scientific and other common names of the tree:
Habitat and Environment
Kind of seed
Flowers, fruit, or cones?
Estimated height
Circumference (measured 4 feet above the ground )
Above ground roots?
What is the soil like?
The color, texture and strength of the bark
Does the tree shed it’s bark?
Leaves or needles?
Shape, color, texture, size, strength, vein pattern of leaf or needle.
How many other trees like this are around.
Any animals in, on, or around the tree?
How much sunshine does it get?
Other interesting knowledge about this tree




Tree Art

Don’t you dare climb that tree
or even try, they said, or you will be
sent away to the hospital of the
very foolish, if not the other one.
And I suppose, considering my age,
it was fair advice.

But the tree is a sister to me,
she lives alone in a green cottage
high in the air and I know what would
happen, she’d clap her green hands,
she’d shake her green hair,
she’d welcome me. Truly

I try to be good but sometimes
a person just has to break out and
act like the wild and springy thing
one used to be. It’s impossible not
to remember wild and want it back. So

if someday you can’t find me you might
look into that tree or – of course
it’s possible – under it.
Mary Oliver

The Pink Peach Tree       Van Gogh

Peach Trees in Blossom         Van Gogh

Apple Tree in Blossom         Van Gogh


Apple Trees on Chantemesie Hill            Claude Monet


Tree of Life           Gustav Klint

Palms             John Singer Sargent

Sunlight Effect Under the Poplars         Claude Monet

Four Trees         Egon Schlele

The Olive Grove        John Singer Sargent

The Poplars          Claude Monet

Avenue with Flowering Chestnut Trees   Vincent Van Gogh

Trunks in the Grass          Vincent Van Gogh


The Pink Orchard        Vincent Van Gogh



Orchard in Bloom     Claude Monet

The Olive Grove        Vincent Van Gogh

Branches With Almond Blossom         Van Gogh

Orchard in Blossom       Vincent Van Gogh

Pine Trees Against a Red Sky With Setting Sun

The Olive Grove        William Merritt Chase

Beech Trees      Steele

Olive Trees    Van Gogh

The Tree House      Klee

Walking Next To The River Fernando      Botero

Willow Tree

Apple Tree With Red Fruit     Paul-ElieRanson

Blossoming Pear Tree Van Gogh

Apple Trees in Bloom at Giverny        Monet

In the Woods Cezanne

Mulberry Tree Van Gogh

Cypresses        Van Gogh

Red Tree     Mondrian

Birch Forest       Klimt

Beech Forest      Klimt

Apple Tree       Mondrian

Apple Tree      Gustav Klimt

Joy of Life       Matisse

A Palm Tree        Monet

Apricot Trees In Blossom    Van Gogh






























Treecher Trivia


Tree shown on the new Vermont 25¢ coin: Maple

The Dutch disease nearly wiped out this tree: Elm

The Christmas partridge was in this tree: Pear

Spanish moss hangs from this southern tree: Live Oak

Largest tree species by volume: Sequoia

Noah’s dove brought back this branch: Olive

Tree associated with Lebanon: Cedar

Berries from this tree used to make gin: Juniper

The tree with knobby knees: Baldcypress

What little acorns grow into: Oak

Texas state tree: Pecan

John Chapman’s claim to fame: Apple

It is to the south what the lilac is to the north: Crapemyrtle

President Andrew Jackson’s nickname: Hickory

Tree Robert Frost talks about in his poem: Birch

Most common U. S. Tree: Silver Maple

Tropical island tree: Palm

The village smithy worked under this tree: Chestnut

Tree most struck by lightning: Oak

Everlasting life is the symbol of this tree: Yew

The tree with bark like elephant skin. Beech

Favorite tree lovers carve their initials in: Beech

World’s tallest species of tree: Redwood

Oldest living tree (4844 years): Bristlecone Pine

Tree associated with Burmese rain forests: Teak

Mississippi’s state tree: Magnolia

Before barb wire, it was called the “living fence”: Osage Orange

In England this tree is called a sycamore: Maple

The “Lord of the Forest” in New Zealand. Tane Mahuta

The state tree of South Carolina. Palmetto

Men collect tears of sap from this tree often used as incense. Frankinsence

We use the beans from this tree to make chocolate. Cacoa

This tree has the largest seed of all. Coconut

This tree blooms in spring and has markings of the crucifixion on the flower. Dogwood

Long ago people used knots from this tree for light. Pine

This tree is a lunar tree that sheds it’s bark to white limbs. Plane tree or Sycamore

We get delicious syrup for our pancakes from this tree. Sugar Maple

The flower is sweet but the fruit is sour. Lemon

What is the smallest living tree? The dropsickle tree



Odd and Unusual Trees

Old Methusela, a bristlecone pine tree

Wolf Lichen on a tree


Tree of Life

El Arbor del Tule

The Tree with the Largest Diameter in the World:

El Arbol del Tule – This tree is an Ahuehuete or Montezuma Cypress growing in Oaxaca, Mexico in the town of Santa Maria del Tule. The trunk of the tree is 33 feet in diameter and has a circumference of 178 feet. Originally thought to be multiple trees that had grown and fused together, DNA tests have shown that it is actually all one tree.

Strawberry Tree (Arbutus ‘Marina’) on Hermann Street near Duboce Park shows off its flowers.

Rainbow Eucalyptus trees on Maui, Hawaii. The phenomenon is caused by patches of bark peeling off at various times and the colors are indicators of age. A newly shed outer bark reveals bright greens which darken over time into blues and purples and then orange and red tones.

Brazilian Grape Tree known as Jabuticaba does not use branches to grow fruits. It grows fruits (and flowers) directly on the trunk.

American Elm   Central Park

The Angel Oak


Olive Tree

Jomon Sugi



The Majestic Oak

General Sherman

The Senator

The President

Monkey Puzzle Tree

Patriarcada floresta

King Oak Tullamore, Ireland

National Park Tasmania

Kapok Tree Mexico

Root Cave Big Sur

The Knarled Tree

Birch Eyes

The Crooked Forest     

Square Trees

Pine Tree with 6 legs

Japanese Maple Oregon        

Dragon Tree

125 year old Rododendro

Underwater Mangrove Trees

Canada’s most knarled tree


Petrified Trees

Banyan Tree

The World’s largest Cashew Tree

Maior Cajueiro do Mondo is located in Natal, Brazil. The gigantic tree has grown from an amalgamation of two genetic tissues. Such tissues allow the branches of the tree to grow outwards rather than upwards. Gradually, hence, the branches tend to stoop towards the ground and eventually make for a root. This new root further grows into a new tree.
The massive tree occupies 80,000 square feet of land or roughly five acres. It is guessed to be around thousand years old. One can easily climb a tower to view this tree from a vantage point or for that matter, even climb up through the roots.
You can heartily go and pay a visit to this enormous work of nature. However, beware of the orange caterpillars. These gorgeous looking insects are poisonous. They swamp over the tree seasonally and are a size of a finger.
The beauty of this tree is that it produces 60,000 pieces of cashew fruit each year. As for some people it may come as a surprise that a cashew nut is not the fruit but a single nut is attached only to the bottom of the fruit!

Maior cajueiro mundo

Cajueiro mundo

Baobab tree

Sagole Baobab S. Africa

Frankincense Tree

Spider Web Cacooned Trees

Dropsickle Tree

Underwater Forest

Dragon Trees

Angel Oak

Octopus Trees

Giant Sequoia

Bottle Tree

Fan Palm

Umbrella Tree

Chandelier Tree

BIg Kauri Tree

Tree- Tenere

Bamboo Forest

Tree  Grass

Sausage Tree

Sarv Abarqu

The tree that owns itself!


Tree Structure

Trees come in various shapes and sizes but all have the same basic structure. They have a central column called the trunk. The bark-covered trunk supports a framework of branches and twigs called the crown. Branches in turn bear the leaves.
A tree is anchored in the ground by a network of roots, which spread and grow thicker in proportion to the growth of the tree above the ground. The growth of new tissue takes place by the division of specialized cells located at the tips of branches and roots and in a thin layer just inside the bark.
Trees have reproductive structures; either flowers or cones. Leaves, bark, twigs and fruit can make quick work of tree identification. Shape plays a key role in tree species characteristics.
Leaves are the food factories of the tree. Powered by sunlight, the green substance chlorophyll uses carbon dioxide and water to produce life-sustaining carbohydrates. The process is called photosynthesis. Leaves are also responsible for respiration and transpiration. A tree’s leaf is one major marker that helps in identifying any species of tree. Most trees can be identified by the leaf alone.
Leaves come in many shapes and sizes. The “star” shape of sweetgum is totally different from the heart-shaped leaf of an eastern redbud.
A mature tree grows another important structure – the flower (or cone, in the case of evergreens). These are the reproductive structures from which seeds are produced. These seed pods, cones, flowers and fruit are markers that help in identifying a specific species of tree.
Twigs can be used to identify a tree. Twigs have structures called buds, leaf scars and bundle scars that can be different on different species. Thorns and spines can occur on twigs and are unique to certain trees.
The bark rids the tree of wastes by absorbing and locking them into its dead cells and resins. Also, the bark’s phloem transports large quantities of nutrients throughout the tree.
Xylem carries water and minerals from the roots to the leaves. Phloem carries manufactured food (sugars) from the leaves to the roots. The cambium is the generative layer, giving rise to both xylem and phloem. Bark textures are divided into at least 18 types, from smooth (beech) to spiny (locust).