"I'm not sure what a rogue is. I told Violetpaw last night—I travel alone. I was born in the wild. My mother left me as soon as I was old enough to hunt. I've spent most of my life trying to stay away from Twolegs. They are obsessed with trying to tempt me into their nests with food, but I don't want to live in a Twoleg nest. Twolegs are noisy, and they smell weird."
— Tree to Hawkwing about his way of life in Darkest Night, page 246

Tree is a muscular,[7] yellow tom[8] with a thick pelt, amber eyes,[9] and six toes on one of his hind paws.[10]


In the A Vision of Shadows arc

Thunder and Shadow: Bonus Scene

Tree finds Needlepaw sleeping in a hollow with a vole tucked between her paws and he steals the prey. Unluckily for him, Needlepaw wakes up and demands he return the stolen food. Tree lays it on the ground and asks why she wants it, questioning if it helps her sleep. Needlepaw responds that she is saving it for her Clanmates by the lake. Tree comments that it would go bad by the time she returned there.
Needlepaw changes the subject by asking who he is. Tree introduces himself and the silver she-cat speculates on what a strange name he has. He responds by inquiring what she is called and the apprentice informs him that her name is Needlepaw. Tree's eyes flash with amusement, offending her. The yellow tom remarks that it is strange how someone called Needlepaw can find the name Tree weird. She announces that her Clanmates named her, and asks who named him.
The yellow tom tells her that he named himself when he was old enough to want a name and since he liked trees, he chose Tree. Needlepaw appears confused with this logic but before she can criticize further, he tells her to eat the vole. The young cats decide to share it and hunt more later. He asks her why she is so far away and Needlepaw tells him about what happened the previous night. The yellow tom exclaims that he knew Clan cats were brave but she is even braver. Needlepaw wonders aloud how he knows about the Clans and Tree informs the silver apprentice that he has traveled there and back before. He jokes that it is funny he finds a Clan cat taking prey here as well and Needlepaw snaps that she offered to share the vole. Tree assures he that he was only teasing and he takes a bite of the prey before passing it back. They take a few turns doing this but eventually the tom suggests that she needs it more and offers her the rest.
While Needlepaw finishes the vole, Tree finishes grooming and they get ready to hunt. The apprentice voices that she would like to travel back to the Clans but since it is already near sunset, the pair decide to hunt instead. They search for scent trails and start to talk about Tree's past. The yellow tom delves into the story of how his mother, sister and himself lived in an old fox burrow. He states that his sibling had always been sickly, so his mother showed him to hunt a mouse and then left with his sister. Tree recalls that a big tom chased him away that den and that he never found another place worth staying at. The yellow tom says that he then began his travels to the lake and then back.
By nightfall, after their hunt, the cats are on the moor, making their way towards ShadowClan territory. They cross the moor and rest for a bit, then keep going until they reach the marsh. As Needlepaw and Tree travel deeper into ShadowClan's land, Needlepaw recognizes Tawnypelt, Cloverfoot and Scorchfur on a patrol. The tortoiseshell says that she is glad Needlepaw is alive and states that the Clan thought she was dead and sat vigil for her. Needlepaw is disheartened but remembers Tree and asks if he could join ShadowClan.
Tawnypelt turns him away, but as they are leaving, Needlepaw rushes back and tells him how grateful she is and that he would have been a great Clanmate. She promises that she will always be his friend before being taken back to camp.

Darkest Night

Tree is sitting on a sun-lit rock, relishing the cool breeze in his fur and the promise of prey his hunting skills bring. He glances down and notices Needletail moving in the shadows. She tells him that she trusted the wrong cat and many have suffered from her actions and asks for Tree's help. He eagerly agrees, then notices that a glow is coming from her and that she is dead. He asks how she died.
Tree is discovered by Violetpaw, after being led to him by the spirit of Needletail. He is seen sleeping in a nest of moss beneath a clump of heather. Needletail explains that he is a cat that she had met when she was alive and now she sees him whenever she returns. Waking, he asks who Violetpaw is and gets on his feet. Violetpaw explains that Needletail brought her and he asks if she can see her too. Violetpaw says she can.
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River of Fire

As Violetshine carries ferns into the SkyClan camp, she spots Tree, lounging in a patch of sunshine, and grows annoyed. The black-and-white she-cat notes how he always sleeps in the sun and barely helps, causing her to hiss at him, saying whenever he wants to help he's more than welcome. This wakes Tree, who turns his head toward her, amber eyes fraught, and she feels guilty for snapping at him. As she begins to apologize, Leafstar calls him over, a relief to Violetshine.
The SkyClan leader beckons Tree forward, so he approaches her, while the black-and-white splotched she-cat tags along, hanging back to listen to their conversation. Leafstar reminds the yellow tom how much time he's had to chose where he belongs, then asks if he's made his mind up yet.
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The Raging Storm

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Interesting facts

  • Tree has the power to bring dead cats from the darkness so the living cats can see them.[11]
  • Tree is a polydactyl cat, meaning he has a sixth toe.[11]

Author statements

  • Kate confirmed that Tree will be the only mediator.[12]


  • He was mistakenly called a rogue.[13]

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Unnamed she-cat:[3] Status unknown


Unnamed she-cat:[3] Status unknown


Violetshine:[14] Living (As of The Raging Storm)


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    = Gender Unknown


Needlepaw: "Give it back!"
Tree: "What do you want it for?"
Needlepaw: "It's mine!"
Tree: "Does it help you sleep?"
—Needlepaw and Tree about her vole Thunder and Shadow: Bonus Scene, page 10

Needlepaw: "Who are you?"
Tree: "I'm Tree."
Needlepaw: "Tree? what kind of name is that?"
—Needlepaw and Tree about his name Thunder and Shadow: Bonus Scene, page 11

"I've just traveled from the lake. It was too hard to hunt. Clan cats don't like strangers on their territory. So I came here where I can hunt wherever I like. It's funny that I should find a Clan cat hogging the prey here too."
—Tree to Needlepaw about his travels Thunder and Shadow, page 14

Needlepaw: "Didn't your mother name you? You said you named yourself, but your mother must have given you a name when you were born."
Tree: "If she did, I forgot it."
—Needlepaw and Tree about his name Thunder and Shadow: Bonus Scene, page 16

"Your Clanmates are right, Needlepaw. I like to be free to roam wherever I wish. Besides, I was heading away from the lake when I found you. I only came back to make sure you returned to your Clan safely."
—Tree to the ShadowClan cats Thunder and Shadow, page 24

Needlepaw: "Tree! Wait!"
Needlepaw: "Thanks, Tree. You've been a really good friend. I'm sorry they wouldn't let you join the Clan. I know you'd have been a great Clanmate."
Tree: "Your friends are probably right [...] I'm glad I met you, though. You're the first real friend I've had."
Needlepaw: "I will always be your friend."
—Needlepaw and Tree saying goodbye Thunder and Shadow: Bonus Scene, page 25

Tree: "I met [Needletail] when she was an apprentice. I didn't see her again until after she died."
Violetpaw: "Why do you keep following her?"
Tree: "She keeps following me."
Violetpaw: "She just left. She brought me here to meet you."
Tree: "That was kind of her. Perhaps she thinks we're soul mates."
Violetpaw: "Soul mates?"
Tree: "It is kind of romantic, don't you think? The moonlight? The heather?"
Violetpaw: "Do you flirt with every strange cat you meet?"
Tree: "Only the ones who appear in the middle of the night claiming a ghost brought them."
—Violetpaw meeting Tree Darkest Night, page 241

Violetpaw: "Stop it! Needletail brought me to you for a reason. She thinks you might help the Clans."
Tree: "You're a Clan cat."
Violetpaw: "So?"
Tree: "There are two things I know about Clan cats. They don't like strangers on their land, and they take everything way too seriously."
Violetpaw: "I don't!"
Tree: "You seem to be taking this very seriously."
Violetpaw: "That's because it is serious!"
Tree: "Hey, wait! I thought you and Needletail wanted me to help the Clans."
Violetpaw: "I doubt that you've ever helped anyone but yourself."
Tree: "That's not fair. You don't even know me. My name is Tree. I didn't mean to tease. I didn't realize it would upset you."
—Violetpaw and Tree Darkest Night, pages 241-242

Violetpaw: "Are you a rogue?"
Tree: "I don't know what I am. I travel alone and I hunt and sleep where I like."
Violetpaw: "A loner."
Tree: "Is that what Clan cats call me?"
Violetpaw: "I guess it's better than being a rogue."
—Violetpaw and Tree Darkest Night, pages 242-243

"I can't make all dead cats appear. Needletail told me about StarClan. I've never seen a StarClan cat. I think I can only sense cats who are still tied to the living. They've stuck close to us. They can't move on until they've done what they feel they need to do. Like Needletail. She will only find her way to StarClan when she has finished what she started here."
—Tree Darkest Night, page 298

Leafstar: "Tree is not exactly a rogue, or even a loner. He has been living with SkyClan for more than a moon now. Remember how he helped ShadowClan's cats speak with their dead Clanmates? Now I have more news. Tree and I have discussed his staying with us in SkyClan, and creating a new Clan role. He will be a mediator—just as the medicine cats cure wounds and illnesses, Tree's job will be to cure disagreements."
Unknown: "But he's not a Clan cat!"
Unknown: "Yeah, he doesn't know how Clans work. What's his advice worth?"
Leafstar: "True, he's not a Clan cat. But I believe that might actually help him work out differences. He sees to the heart of an issue, without the fixed ideas we Clan cats have about one another."
Hawkwing: "I've seen him in action. He's good at working out problems. He sees solutions Clan cats might not."
—Leafstar about Tree River of Fire, pages 196-197

"I liked the freedom. The only thing I worried about was my next meal. I liked having no responsibilities. But then I met Violetshine. For the first time, I started thinking about having a family. I wanted repsonsibilities. I miss her so much. But we're going to find her and I'm going to tell her how I feel."
—Tree The Raging Storm, page 261

References and citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in Thunder and Shadow: Bonus Scene, page 11
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in River of Fire, page 196
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Revealed in Thunder and Shadow: Bonus Scene, page 16
  4. Revealed in River of Fire, chapter 2
  5. Revealed in The Raging Storm, chapter 23
  6. Revealed in River of Fire, page 29
  7. Revealed in River of Fire, page 77
  8. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow: Bonus Scene, page 9
  9. Revealed in Darkest Night, chapter 18
  10. Revealed in Darkest Night, page 280
  11. 11.0 11.1 Revealed in Darkest Night, page 297
  12. Revaled on Kate's Blog
  13. Revealed in River of Fire, chapter 15
  14. Revealed in The Raging Storm

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