represents a tree with a list of child subtrees subtreei.


specifies the children as an association with keys keyi.


represents a tree containing data in its root, with children given by subtrees.

Details and Options

  • Tree objects represent rooted, ordered, labeled trees with leaves. Standard examples include XML, JSON, file systems and Wolfram Language notebooks and expressions.
  • Tree[a,] displays in a notebook as a plot of a tree graph with root node containing data a, with children nodes containing data b, c, :
  • Trees can simultaneously express a hierarchy of nodes and store general data in each node, such as XMLElement or Cell expressions.
  • In Tree[data,subtrees], the subtrees are other Tree expressions or general expressions that are interpreted as leaves.
  • Tree[] is always converted to a standard form with structure Tree[data,subtrees].
  • Tree[subtrees] is equivalent to Tree[Null,subtrees].
  • Tree is treated as a raw object by functions like AtomQ.
  • A node containing data is represented as Tree[data,subtrees].
  • A tree of the form Tree[data,None] is called a leaf. All other trees are of the form Tree[data,{}] or Tree[data,<||>], corresponding to inner nodes with a list or association of children.
  • TreeGraph returns a Graph object representing a tree globally as a list of oriented edges between distinct vertices. Tree represents nested subtrees, each containing an independent data expression.
  • Options affecting individual tree elements or nodes include:
  • TreeElementLabellabels for subtree elements
    TreeElementLabelStylestyles for subtree element labels
    TreeElementLabelFunctiongenerate labels for subtree elements
    TreeElementStylestyles for subtree elements
    TreeElementStyleFunctiongenerate styles for subtree elements
    TreeElementCoordinatescoordinates for subtree elements
    TreeElementSizesizes of subtree elements
    TreeElementSizeFunctiongenerate sizes of subtree elements
    TreeElementShapegraphic shapes for subtree elements
    TreeElementShapeFunctiongenerate graphic shapes for subtree elements
  • Options affecting individual edges include:
  • ParentEdgeLabellabels and label placement for edges
    ParentEdgeLabelStylestyles for edge labels
    ParentEdgeLabelFunctiongenerate labels for edges
    ParentEdgeStylestyles for edges
    ParentEdgeStyleFunctiongenerate styles for edges
    ParentEdgeShapeFunctiongenerate graphic shapes for edges
  • Options affecting elision of nodes include:
  • MaxDisplayedChildrenmaximum number of children to display
  • Options affecting the entire tree include:
  • TreeLayouthow to lay out subtrees and edges
  • Tree has all options shared by Graph and Graphics.


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Basic Examples  (5)

A tree with two leaves:

A tree with multiple levels:

A tree with data only in the leaves:

A tree containing another tree as data:

A tree with named edges:

Scope  (4)

Represent a leaf with no child:

Represent an inner node with no children:

Specify the children in a list:

Specify children in an association:

Options  (11)

Styling Individual Tree Elements  (2)

Specify the label for the generated tree element:

Specify labels and styles for subtrees by position:

Styling Entire Tree  (4)

Specify labels and styles for all subtrees:

Specify the base style:

Specify the style for both the edges and the edges of the tree elements:

Specify the base style and styles for individual tree elements:

Tree Layout and Graphics Options  (3)

Specify the orientation for the root:

Specify a named embedding:

Specify Graphics options:

Elision  (2)

Display all children of the root node:

Display five children:

Display two children for all nodes:

Applications  (8)

Import XML as symbolic XML:

Create a tree from the hierarchy of tags, attributes and elements:

Convert an XML tree to symbolic XML:

Import JSON as symbolic JSON:

Create a tree from the hierarchy of names and values:

Convert a JSON tree to symbolic JSON:

Create a tree of life:

Create a tree of descendants:

Create a tree from the hierarchy of subdirectories and files in a directory:

Define a function that converts a TextElement object to a tree:

Define a function that yields the child elements of a TextElement:

Define a function that extracts the "GrammaticalUnit" from a TextElement:

Create a tree from the hierarchy of properties and text:

Convert a text tree to a TextElement:

Get a list of US cities with populations over 100,000:

Construct a graph giving the hierarchical clustering of the cities according to their geodetic positions:

Convert the clustering hierarchy from a Graph object to a Tree object:

For each leaf, obtain the geodetic position of a city from its index in the hierarchical clustering graph:

For each subtree representing a cluster, give the tree containing the spatial median of its children:

Obtain a tree of geodetic positions by using the position of a city for each leaf and the spatial median of the positions for each cluster:

Show the edges in this tree of geodetic positions on a map of the United States:

Create a family tree:

Create an association giving the dates of birth:

Define a function that compares two people, giving the person who was younger when they had their first child, together with that child and their age when that child was born:

Define a function that compares two siblings, giving the older sibling together with their date of birth, in addition to the youngest first-time parent among their descendants:

Define a function that gives the youngest first-time parent among a person's descendants, given the results for their children:

Find the youngest first-time parent in the tree, together with their first child and their age when the child was born:

Properties & Relations  (6)

A node of a tree does not need to have data:

RulesTree returns a Tree expression:

Check whether an expression with head Tree is a valid Tree object:

This is not a valid Tree object:

However, this is a valid Tree object that contains a child with an invalid Tree expression as data:

Construct a Tree expression with ExpressionTree:

Construct a Tree expression with GraphTree:

Wolfram Research (2021), Tree, Wolfram Language function, (updated 2022).


Wolfram Research (2021), Tree, Wolfram Language function, (updated 2022).


Wolfram Language. 2021. "Tree." Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Wolfram Research. Last Modified 2022.


Wolfram Language. (2021). Tree. Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Retrieved from


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