tree size (definition of a tree)

One of the three main elements by which a tree is defined. The others are tree species and tree form. Mitchell (1974) defined a tree as: a woody perennial plant which can attain a stature of 6m or more on a single stem. A criterion of size also defines trees legally recognized in a conservation area and in the issue of a felling licence, but in principle there is no minimum size (see bonsai).

This definition is abridged from A – Z of tree terms: A companion to British arboriculture.
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