How would I go about drawing something that looks like this (please excuse the extremely lousy Paint image)

lousy tree

with branches continuing to the right.

I am sorry I cannot provide any exact code, but I am basically clueless as to how I'd do this. I hope you have understanding. Thanks in advance.

  • Please at least provide the basic structure of a document. This makes it much easier to help. Nobody expects you to provide the 'exact code' - if you could do that, you wouldn't be asking the question ;) - but the framework for a solution is very helpful.
    – cfr
    Mar 22, 2015 at 20:17

2 Answers 2


This solution uses forest to create the tree. You enter the tree using standard bracket notation.

The following styles are created:

  • my node which creates an elliptical node with various attributes - this is used for all main nodes of the tree;
  • my label which takes 2 arguments: one specifies position etc. of the label and the other the content - this is used for the small labels on the branches between the main nodes of the tree;
  • my top which takes 1 argument: this specifies the content of the rectangular node on top of a main node;
  • my label node and my top node specify the appearance etc. of the nodes created using my label={}{} and my top={} respectively.

The nice thing about this is that the tree itself can then be specified very simply and concisely:

[A\\10, my top=5
  [B\\15, my top=5, my label={above left}{7}]
  [C\\18, my top=5, my label={above}{8}]
  [D\\20, my top=5, my label={below left}{6}]


\documentclass[tikz, border=5pt]{standalone}

    my label/.style n args=2{
       edge label={node [my label node, #1] {#2}},
    my top/.style={
        \node [my top node] at (.north) {#1};
    my node/.style={shape=ellipse,  draw, inner xsep=15pt, inner ysep=1.5pt, fill=white, thick},
    my top node/.style={draw, anchor=south, on background layer, inner ysep=2pt, yshift=-.5pt, thick, fill=white},
    my label node/.style={auto, midway, font=\sffamily\scriptsize, inner sep=1.5pt},
    for tree={
      child anchor=west,
      s sep+=5pt,
      l sep+=10pt,
      my node,
    [A\\10, my top=5
      [B\\15, my top=5, my label={above left}{7}]
      [C\\18, my top=5, my label={above}{8}]
      [D\\20, my top=5, my label={below left}{6}]
  • This works wonders! I suggest the OP use this code over mine, especially if the overall tree is to be large. Mar 22, 2015 at 21:27
  • @Christopher Welcome to forest!
    – cfr
    Mar 22, 2015 at 21:35

Like this,


\tikzstyle{cloud} = [draw, ellipse, node distance=8em,
minimum height=2.75em, minimum width=5.5em]
\tikzstyle{box} = [draw, rectangle, node distance=2.8em]    
\tikzstyle{line} = [draw, -latex']

%Main nodes
\node[cloud] (a) {\begin{tabular}{c}A \\ 10 \end{tabular}};
\node[right of=a] (invis) {}; %Invisibile node for extra separation 
\node[cloud,right of=invis] (c) {\begin{tabular}{c} C \\ 18 \end{tabular}};
\node[cloud,above of=c] (b) {\begin{tabular}{c}B  \\15 \end{tabular}};
\node[cloud,below of=c] (d) {\begin{tabular}{c}D  \\20 \end{tabular}};
%Extra nodes
\node [draw, box, above of=a] (x) {5};
\node [draw, box, above of=c] (y) {5};
\node [draw, box, above of=b] (z) {5};
\node [draw, box, above of=d] (q) {5};

% Drawing arrows
\path [line] (a) -- node[above] {8} (c);
\path [line] (a) -- node[above] {7} (b);
\path [line] (a) -- node[below] {6} (d);


The output of which looks like:

Tikz diagram output

A good tip to drawing in Tikz is to find an example that looks similar and adapt it to your needs.

Edit: If you want more stuff off to the right then just add more nodes with "right of" to position them.

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