Ushering in our appreciation for pop culture foliage, this tree-like creature is a fighter for galactic justice with an unhealthy fascination for his own name. The character only ever utters one phrase ("I am Groot"), but gets a great amount of milage out of it, especially when he's smashing stuff.
The Giving Tree is about the kind of unconditional love that only sentient plants can offer, but we wish the tree would show some backbone and get a little uppity about being used by that kid for all those years.
Photo: Shel Silverstein/Harper & Row
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Treebeard from The Lord of the Rings'
Treebeard is the leader of an ancient race of creatures called Ents. They are among the oldest living things in Middle-earth, and are usually peaceful, but when they get fed up with Saruman’s antics, they decide to march for one last fight.
Photo: New Line Cinema
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The Apple Tree from 'The Wizard of Oz'
Along the yellow brick road towards Oz, Dorothy and the scarecrow meet a couple of trees that happen to be really stingy about people eating their apples. They’re just falling off anyway! And it's not like they can eat their own apples, that would be tree cannibalism.
The Deku Tree from 'The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time'
In what many consider to be The Legend of Zelda series' finest installment, the Great Deku Tree set Link off on his world saving journey to defeat Ganondorf and finally get the girl.
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The 'Tree of Life' tree
The tree in The Tree of Life is metaphor for everything. It represents life, death, hate, love, death, the 1950s, dinosaurs, boyhood, Brad Pitt, the oatmeal you ate this morning, oh, and an actual tree.
Pocahontas' talking willow tree serves as a personal well of advice to the titular Disney princess on her adventures throughout the movie. Grandmother Willow is old and sagely, but can also give out some sass when those old branches are up to it.
Photo: Buena Vista Pictures via Everett Collection
The pathetically droopy collection of twigs is a classic image in Charlie Brown’s long history of ongoing failure, but what the tree lacks in fullness, it makes up for it by bringing the Peanuts gang together during Christmas.
Photo: United Feature Syndicate
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The Womping Willow from 'Harry Potter'
The Womping Willow from the Harry Potter series doesn’t dole out the life lessons like most of the other enchanted trees on the list, but instead throws left hooks like a cage-fighter if you get too close. Think of all the adventurers who were knocked out by the tree when all they wanted was some advice.