Kew has trees that are ancient, fascinating and historic - and often all three at once. We have identified a selection of some of our favourite trees for visitors to enjoy below.
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.
Stone pines produce the European type of pine nuts used in pesto of which millions of kilograms are harvested every year in the Mediterranean.
The sweet chestnut was probably brought to the UK by the Romans and for centuries since has been much loved for its tasty seeds.
This deep-rooted tree survived the great storm of 1987. It was partially uprooted by the winds, but gained new vigour afterwards, leading Kew's staff to a new tree-care discovery.
The Wollemi pine was thought to have been extinct for two million years until 1994 when NSW National Parks and Wildlife Officer David Noble came across a cluster of unusual trees in a rainforest gorge in the Wollemi National Park in Australia.