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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.

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

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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.
Stone pine bark
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.
Branches of Turner's oak at Kew
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.

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Ancient Trees

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

Ancient Trees: Trees That Live for a Thousand Years

The 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. 

British Oak

Photographing Trees

How to take beautiful photos of trees.

Photographing Trees (Cropped)