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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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Cones of the Japanese cedar
Thousands of Japanese cedars were planted in Japan in the 17th century. One resulting avenue of trees still exists today, measuring 65 km in length, with trees growing to an impressive 70 m in height.
Leaves of the katsura tree
When the katsura's multi-coloured leaves finally fall, they give off a lovely smell described as burnt sugar, candyfloss or ripe strawberries.
Cones of Lawson's cypress
This is Britain's most popular garden conifer, with hundreds of cultivars grown in domestic gardens and parks across the country.
Leaves of the Lucombe oak
In 1846 - when it was a large, 73 year old tree - Kew's Lucombe oak was moved 20 m south to make way for the creation of Syon Vista, one of the avenues radiating out from the Palm House.
Leaves of the maidenhair tree
The maidenhair tree has been around since the days of the dinosaurs, and trees growing 1-2 km from the 1945 atom bomb blast at Hiroshima were among the few living things to survive.
Peeling bark of the Nootka cypress
The Nootka cypress is most famous for being one of the parents of the popular Leylandii hybrid.
Flower on the tulip tree
The Native Americans of the Appalachian Mountains used trunks of this tree to make dugout canoes; massive logs were hollowed out and could carry up to 20 people at a time.
The Oriental Plane at Kew Gardens
The oriental plane had arrived in England by 1562. It has been reported that the finest specimen known belonged to Bishop Gunning at Ely in 1764.
Typical pea flowers of the pagoda tree
This tree is infamous in Chinese culture; in folklore demons are said to be drawn to it. The last Ming Emporer, Chongzhen, hung himself from a pagoda tree after peasants stormed the Forbidden City in 1644.
The unusual arrangement of flowers of the platycarya look more like a cone.
The unusual fruits of this plant look so much like pine cones that it was originally misidentified as a pine. Now it is known to be part of the walnut family, but it is a bit of a black sheep, being all alone in the Platycarya genus.

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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.