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Tree branches of several sizes.
The branches and leaves of a tree.
Looking up into the branch structure of a Pinus sylvestris tree

A branch ({{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}} or {{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}}, {{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}}) 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.<ref name="IntrotoPoetry">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref>

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.


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