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"Your luck is going to run out if you go on tempting fate like this."
This article contains major spoilers for the recently released, The Place of No Stars. This also includes the reveal of the identity of the impostor. Please proceed at your own discretion.
"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 bright[9] yellow tom[12] with amber eyes,[13] and six toes on one of his hind paws.[14]

Tree is the current mediator and resides in SkyClan. He was born in the Sisters to Moonlight with his sisters Sunrise and Ice as Earth. Earth is forced to leave his kin per the Sisters culture at six moons old. He later meets his father, Root, who helps teach him to survive and Earth decides to rename himself Tree. He continues his life as a nomadic loner, but after learning of a six-toed cat who will help the Clans, SkyClan discovers Tree and his power to speak with ghost cats who have not crossed into StarClan yet.

He struggles to conform to a set role in Clan life, and Leafstar decides to grant him the title of mediator to settle disputes between the Clans. Tree becomes mates with the SkyClan warrior Violetshine, and they have two kits, Rootkit and Needlekit. He briefly reunites with Moonlight when the Sisters come close to Clan territory, and condemns her for abandoning him. After Bramblestar's revival, he is adamant on punishing the codebreakers. Tree objects to the impostor's motivations, and he is exiled for three days from SkyClan as a punishment, becoming a loner once more. He figures out Bramblestar is possessed via Rootpaw's ability to see the real leader as a ghost, and father and son help convince the Clans that the current Bramblestar is an impostor.


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A Vision of Shadows

"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 about his powers Darkest Night, page 298
Tree is nomadic loner and wanders wherever he pleases, as long as the hunting is good. His befriends the ShadowClan apprentice, Needlepaw when he encounters her alone in the forest, and eventually accompanies her back to the ShadowClan border. After the Clan medicine cats have a vision about a six-toed cat coming to save them, Tree is found by SkyClan who has six toes on one foot and a unique ability to speak to cats who are stuck between life and death as ghosts. The leaders and medicine cats gather together to see Tree's ability, and they are shocked when their lost loved ones appear. The ghosts are able to explain what happened to them at the paws of Darktail and make peace with their loved ones, and eventually transcend to StarClan.
Due to Tree's incredible abilities, he is accepted into SkyClan by Leafstar. However, he is lazy and unskilled, and he finds that the warrior life is not suitable for him. Tree is then encouraged to be a medicine cat apprentice under Frecklewish, but it is obvious that he is not cut out to be a medicine cat either. Due to the fact that he is good at solving problems within the Clan, Leafstar names Tree as the first Clan mediator.
At his attempts to resolve the ShadowClan-SkyClan conflict are fruitless, Tree grows frustrated by the leaders refusing to listen to his advice. When Leafstar decides to lead her Clan back to the gorge, Tree tries to dissuade her by revealing Echosong was present. When SkyClan leaves, Tree decides to remain behind. Urged by Twigbranch, Tree sets out to bring Violetshine and SkyClan back to the lake. He shows Hawkwing, Twigbranch, and Violetshine Pebbleshine, who reveals Violetshine is expecting his kits.

The Broken Code

"This is why you should be your own cat. Like it or not, you have a different ancestry from most of the other young cats in SkyClan. The way of the warrior is not the only way, and you should be grateful for the chance to see that. There's more to life than fighting and showing yourself off as a strong cat. It's not always about who is the biggest and bravest."
―Tree to Rootpaw Lost Stars, page 60
He and Violetshine now have two kits, Rootkit and Needlekit. His son is constantly frustrated by his father's lack of attempts to conform to Clan life, and constantly embarrasses him by being able to speak to ghosts. When Bramblestar mentions the idea of punishing codebreakers after his surprising revival, Tree grows concerned by his harsh words and suggests to his family they should leave, but they disagree. Tree comforts his son when Rootpaw admits he can see Bramblestar's ghost and is sharply critical of the impostor's attempts to punish the codebreakers. Tree is exiled for three days for speaking out against Bramblestar, and he and Rootpaw travel to ShadowClan to reveal the truth about Bramblestar.

Super Editions

This section summarizes Tree's significant Super Editions appearances. If you're looking for a full list, find one here!

Tree: "I guess. But Rootkit and Needlekit will have a father and a mother for as long as they need them, and if they're in trouble, they'll always have a Clan to turn to."
Squirrelflight: "You're starting to sound like a warrior."
—Tree and Squirrelflight Squirrelflight's Hope, page 410
In Squirrelflight's Hope, he is very proud and friendly with his recently born kits, Rootkit and Needlekit. While on a rescue patrol to save Leafstar and Squirrelflight, Tree briefly reunites with his mother, Moonlight, who abandoned him as a kit per the Sisters' custom, and is hostile towards her. He begrudgingly agrees to help convince the Sisters to leave their camp, but fails to convince his stubborn mother. He spots Squirrelflight's ghost before she returns to StarClan.


This section summarizes Tree's significant Novellas appearances. If you're looking for a full list, find one here!

""A friendship you choose is sometimes strong than kinship," Root had said. Surely, somewhere there was another cat who could touch Tree's heart. Some cat who would make caring worth the risk. For the first time since Root's death, Tree's heart began to fill out with excitement. There was a whole future out there toward the horizon, and he could go anywhere he liked. And, someday, maybe another cat would talk beside him."
―Tree's thoughts Tree's Roots, page chapter 10
In Tree's Roots, Earth dreads his wandering since he feels unprepared, and struggles to communicate with spirits and speak with the land as toms do. Earth is sent away despite being a poor hunter and fighter, and angrily vows to never forgive the Sisters. He discovers his father, Root, who teaches him how to survive, and Earth renames himself Tree. After his father's death, Tree runs into Pebbleshine, who was trying to find SkyClan. Root appears to Tree as a ghost to warn him about a fox, and urges his son to open his heart to others.

Detailed description

Tree is a small, thickly pelted,[2] muscular,[15] bright[9] yellow tom[12] with amber eyes,[13] and six toes on one of his hind paws.[14]

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Personality and Relationships

Tree is laid-back, perceptive and insightful, and is often viewed as odd by his Clanmates. Tree plays an active role in his children's lives, and encourages them to decide what is best for themselves, even if it means taking the unorthodox route. For more of Tree's personality and relationships, click here!


Tree's parents are Root and Moonlight, and his littermates are Ice and Sunrise. Violetshine is his mate, and Rootspring and Needleclaw are their children. For more of Tree's family, click here!



Interesting facts

  • Tree has the power to bring dead cats from the darkness so the living cats can see them,[16] which he inherited from his mother, Moonlight.[17]
  • Tree is a polydactyl cat, meaning he has a sixth toe,[16] along with Spider Paw.[18]
  • He is the first ever cat to be a Mediator.[1]
  • He has the same pelt shade as his father, Root, and his sister Sunrise.[2][7]



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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Revealed in River of Fire, page 196
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 94
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Thunder and Shadow: Bonus Scene, page 11
  4. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 272
  5. Revealed in Veil of Shadows, page 81
  6. Revealed in River of Fire, chapter 2
  7. 7.0 7.1 Revealed in Tree's Roots, chapter 7
  8. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 78
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Revealed in Tree's Roots, chapter 1
  10. Revealed in Tree's Roots, chapter 3
  11. Revealed in River of Fire, page 29
  12. 12.0 12.1 Revealed in Thunder and Shadow: Bonus Scene, page 9
  13. 13.0 13.1 Revealed in Darkest Night, chapter 18
  14. 14.0 14.1 Revealed in Darkest Night, page 280
  15. Revealed in River of Fire, page 77
  16. 16.0 16.1 Revealed in Darkest Night, page 297
  17. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, chapter 11
  18. Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 321
  19. Revealed in River of Fire, chapter 15
  20. Revealed in The Place of No Stars, page 168
  21. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 42
  22. Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 154
  23. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 161
  24. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 167
  25. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 173
  26. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 183
  27. Revealed in Veil of Shadows

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