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A branch (UK: or UK: , US: ) or tree branch (sometimes referred to in botany as a ramus) is a woody structural member connected to but not part of the central trunk of a tree (or sometimes a shrub ). Large branches are known as boughs and small branches are known as twigs. Due to a broad range of species of trees , branches and twigs can be found in many different shapes and sizes. While branches can be nearly horizontal, vertical, or diagonal, the majority of trees have upwardly diagonal branches . The term " twig " often refers to a terminus, while " bough " refers only to branches coming directly from the trunk.