So on Saturday I made a tree:
This is the end result.
it stands at 800 tris and a 512x512 texture with alpha.
This is the texture.
The Branches where created from a reused branch pattern I layer over eachother. I masked out the pattern from a photo I took in photoshop.
The tree's truck is a 128x512 tileable texture I made prior. twig/bare branch was created in a simular fashion in photoshop my masking out then correcting highlights / tone / etc.
Critiques or comments are welcome :)