The Dead Tree (T.A. 1640 -- 2872; the snag stood for 147 years) was planted by King Tarondor. It was the third and last White Tree of Gondor. It died at the same time as Belecthor II the twenty-first Ruling Steward.
For lack of a seedling, the Dead Tree was left standing in the Court of the Fountain of Minas Tirith "until the King comes".. It stood throughout the following centuries and the War of the Ring. That was until King Aragorn Elessar found a new seedling on Mount Mindolluin in 3019.
- The film shows the dead tree standing in the court. A close up reveals that it is flowering again during the Siege of Gondor specifically the scene where Denethor is preparing to cremate himself and Faramir. During the wedding of Aragorn and Arwen, ths tree is seen fully blossomed.