Dave,

Trees are almost like “Godparents” — very true! Even more, perhaps for some trees stand as being more parental than parents themselves..

(…Maybe this why Tolkien named them “Ents” in his L.O.R. trilogy? If you will, the dangling suffix of “-ent” serves as a reminder of their somewhat inscrutable ancient-ness; or the surname “ent” ultimately stands as a header under which all of us creatures fall, including humans.)