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Kew has trees that are ancient, fascinating or historic — and often all three at once. Here's some of our favourite trees, for visitors to enjoy below.

Visit our in-depth botanical guide to trees

Enjoy the trees on one of our walks and courses

Track down Kew's Old Lions (ancient trees) dating back to before the American War of Independence (1775–1783)

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Campbell's magnolia, Magnolia campbellii at Kew Gardens
Widely thought of as a fine magnolia, this tree has spectacular flowers that can be as large as 20 cm across.
Caucasian elm leaves
The Caucasian elm is tolerant of Dutch elm disease, which killed over 25 million of our native English elms by the 1990s.
Twigs of the Caucasian spruce
Not as common or familiar as the Norway spruce, this oriental species from the eastern Europe and western Asia is arguably just as attractive a tree. Its short blunt needles mark it out from other spruces.
Cedar of Lebanon
King Solomon's Temple was built with timber from the cedar of Lebanon. The Egyptians used its resin to embalm their dead and sawdust of the tree is said to have been found in the pharaohs' tombs.
Quercus castaneifolia at Kew
The Tree Register of Britain and Ireland recognises this, Kew's biggest tree, as an unrivalled champion - meaning you won't see a finer specimen anywhere in the country.
Bark of the Chinese fir
The needles of the Chinese fir are unusual in that if they are damaged by frost, they simply fall off to be replaced straight away by new shoots.
Chinese fringe tree
This tree can put on the best floral display in Kew's Arboretum. Compared to the showier flowers of the tulip tree, its blooms are simple. But there are so numerous that in a good year they totally cover the tree.
Chinese plum yew
Kew's Chinese plum yew looks more like a small bush than a tree, but in its native China this species can grow up to 20 m tall.
Bark of the Chinese red birch
The Chinese red birch has the longest leaves of any birch, sometimes more than 18 cm in length.
Chinese walnut tree (Juglans cathayensis)
This tree can take a few years to get established but it has a trick up its sleeve to help: its leaves produce a natural herbicide that washes off into the soil around it, and prevents other trees growing nearby.

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Ancient Trees

Ancient Trees: Trees That Live for a Thousand Years

Ancient Trees covers those species of tree that have lived for more than a thousand years.

The British Oak

British Oak

Archie Miles explores the rise of oak woods since the last Ice Age, placing the tree in its biological, cultural and economic context. 

Photographing Trees

Photographing Trees (Cropped)

How to take beautiful photos of trees.