Difference between Plant and Tree

The difference between plant and tree is quite apparent:

  • Plants are comparatively smaller and possess softer, tender stems.
  • Trees are much larger than plants and possess thick, hard woody trunks.

Difference between Tree and Plant

Tree

Plant

Trees have a single, hard woody stem (called trunk)

Plants usually have multiple stems which are comparatively softer than trees. Some even have pseudostems

Trees have few leaves or branches on the lower sections of its body

Some plants are entirely made of leaves and even some have leaves closer to the ground

Trees have many shapes – ranging from columnar types to triangular and rounded forms

Plants have more unique shapes – from the scrambling vines to clumps or thickets

All trees are autotrophic

Most plants are autotrophic but there are exceptions such as the Sundews and pitcher plants

Trees have a comparatively long lifespan

Plants have a comparatively shorter lifespan than trees

Trees are quite resilient to sudden, unfavorable changes in the environment

Plants are more prone to sudden changes in the environment

Trees are considered as perennials

Plants are more usually biennials or annuals

Conclusion

Though plants and trees share many similarities, they are easy to tell apart. Trees are generally much larger in size than plants. Trees also have only a single, woody stem and are called a trunk. Plants usually have multiple stems but they are comparatively softer and easily bendable. Another difference is that trees have few leaves or branches on the lower sections of their body. Most of the leaves are present towards the apex or the top. Plants also have leaves, though they are closer to the ground. Some plants are also made up entirely of leaves. Trees have a very limited set of shapes – ranging from columnar types to triangular and rounded forms. Plants a wider range of shapes when compared to trees. These range from the scrambling vines to clumps or thickets.

Frequently Asked Questions on Difference between Plant and Tree

Are plants and trees the same thing?

Botanically, they share many similarities such as the presence of a vascular structure with stems and roots. But that is where the similarities end. Plants are generally smaller and are binnelas or annuals. Trees on the other hand live longer and are generally classified as perennials.

Is a tree a plant?

Botanically, a tree can be considered a plant, but they cannot be considered as a taxonomic group.

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