Skip to main content
You are here


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)

Showing 40 - 44 of 44 results


Stone pine (Pinus pinea) at Kew Gardens
Stone pines produce the European type of pine nuts used in pesto of which millions of kilograms are harvested every year in the Mediterranean.
Sweet Chestnut (Castanea sativa) at Kew Gardens
The sweet chestnut was probably brought to the UK by the Romans and for centuries since has been much loved for its tasty seeds.
Turner's Oak (Quercus x turneri) at Kew Gardens
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.
A branch of foliage from the Wollemi pine
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.

Showing 40 - 44 of 44 results


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.