- Few people are comfortable watching a tree flying in the sky, which is perhaps why this hybrid is misunderstood as ancient and unknowable. The older ones have been known to offer a helping hand to those lost in a forest, or a friendly conversation to those wandering alone.
- —Nogard's description of the tree dragon in The Book of Dragons
The most common variant of these dragons is dark brown with a light green belly and a noteably long neck, oak tree dragons.
There are many varieties of tree dragon, each resembling different kinds of tree. Birch tree dragons are for example white with black spots, yet the same species.
Some species have over time evolved into different species, like the Evergreen Dragon, the Garden Dragon and the Sakura Dragon. Keep in mind that Arbor Dragons have little to do with tree dragons and are more closely linked to Forest Dragons.
Tree dragons are non-violent and do not have weapons.
A tree dragon's treelike appearance serves as camouflage. If attacked, their thick, bark-like skin protects them from teeth and claws.
If tree dragons cannot find enough vegetation to feed on, they are capable of photosynthesizing. They also can suck up water from the soil using their rootlike tails if water cannot be found.
It is sometimes said that tree dragons can communicate with trees, but it is unknown if this is true. The tree dragons seem rather protective of this secret.
As with many Plant element dragons, a tree dragon's breath fertilizes plants. The tree dragon's breath works better on trees and shrubs than other plants, however.
A tree dragon is very top-heavy due to the branches on top of its head. This makes it very easy for the dragon to lose its balance should it get into a fight, and makes them clumsy fliers. They also are slow-moving and have difficulty quickly escaping an attacker.
Behavior and personality
Tree dragons often live in close proximity to one another, though they are equally as comfortable alone.
They are known to strongly value family, which inspired wizards to create the concept of "family trees".
Relationship to wizards
Tree dragons are misunderstood among wizards, often portrayed as dumb and clueless, or else, as Nogard says in the Book of Dragons, ancient and unknowable. Both stereotypes are wrong; in fact, tree dragons are one of the smartest dragons in the Vale, and will share their knowledge and wisdom with wizards if they decide to. There are active campaigns to change their stereotype.
It is believed that legends about trees speaking to humans and giving them knowledge and wisdom actually are based on tree dragons.
When in a park
How to care for
Tree dragons do not require much care, though the habitat has to be cleaned from time to time to clean shed leaves.
Every tree dragon loves the taste of Dragon Root.
Tree dragons are long lived and may reach ages of over 400 years. Some specimens have reached an age of over 2,000 years, though these individuals are outliers.
Like mine dragons, tree dragons have been known for so long that the discoverer has been forgotten.
Origin of name
They were named after their resemblance to a tree.
|Plant Element Dragons|
Poison Dragon - Flower Dragon - Tree Dragon - Moss Dragon - Evergreen Dragon - Lichen Dragon - Cactus Dragon - Ash Dragon - Swamp Dragon - Seaweed Dragon - Pollen Dragon - Willow Dragon - Ironwood Dragon - Malachite Dragon - Meadow Dragon - Luminous Dragon - Fungus Dragon - Nightshade Dragon
|Earth Element Dragons|
Tree Dragon - Moss Dragon - Lava Dragon - Obsidian Dragon - Glacier Dragon - Mountain Dragon - Quake Dragon - Crystal Dragon - Mud Dragon - River Dragon - Dodo Dragon - Sandstorm Dragon - Scoria Dragon - Iron Dragon - Sand Dragon - Glass Dragon - Root Dragon - Cave Dragon