A branch (UK: /ˈbrɑːntʃ/ or UK: /ˈbræntʃ/, US: /ˈbræntʃ/) or tree branch (sometimes referred to in botany as a ramus) is a woody structural member connected to but not part of the central trunk of a tree (or sometimes a shrub). Large branches are known as boughs and small branches are known as twigs.
While branches can be nearly horizontal, vertical, or diagonal, the majority of trees have upwardly diagonal branches.
The term "twig" often refers to a terminus, while "bough" refers only to branches coming directly from the trunk.
Branch of Salix babylonica
Branch tied up with a piece of bast.
Twigs on a tree in Karawanken of Austria.
The boughs of trees in Konary, Poland.
Twisted branches in Emirgan Park, Istanbul.
Tree branches in Tenerife, Spain.
The branch of a bristlecone pine in the Snake Range of Nevada.
A branch of orange eye.
The branch of a sawtooth oak (Quercus acutissima) in Porto, Portugal.
A nectarine spray.
The branch of a Rocky Mountain juniper (Juniperus scopulorum).
A branch of devil's claw (Acacia greggii) in Las Vegas.
A branch of red acacia (Acacia seyal) in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
A branch of whitethorn acacia (Acacia constricta) in Las Vegas.
A cherry branch in Paris.
A branch of porcupine tomato (Solanum pyracanthum) in Krefeld, Germany.
A branch of lodgepole pine in North Dakota.
A willow bough in Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania.
Turkish pine branches in Athens.
A banyan branch in Calcutta, India.
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