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The silhouette is the outline or profile of the trees' canopy, defined by the limits of the outermost branches. Some trees have silhouettes that are triangular, oval or flare shaped.

The shape of the silhouette is defined by the height of the tree and the arrangement of the branches. The outline should be slightly irregular so as to appear natural, but a general profile should be discerned. It will be hard to choose an exact shape for the tree until you have defined the apex.