Differences between branch, twig, and bough

Could someone explain to me the differences in meaning between those words: branch, twig, and bough? For me they look very similar. Picture would be very helpful. 🙂


In order of sizes, smallest to largest:

Twigs, branches, boughs and then trunk.

Twigs are the smallest branches

  1. Twig: A small branch or division of a branch (especially a terminal division).
  2. Branch: A division of a stem, or secondary stem arising from the main stem of a plant
  3. Bough: Any of the larger branches of a tree

In general, twigs are where leaves and flowers bud from. Branches are where twigs originate.

Prunus Twig (credits: Wikimedia)


Ivy Branch (Credits: GraphicsSoft)


I couldn’t find a satisfying image for boughs. Sorry about that.

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