I read the story in an anthology kind of magazine. I can't remember the name. I read the story between 1982 and 1987, I guess. What I do remember was the fact that the tree was vulnerable in the early years. He witnessed a lot of his peers perish, due to animals browsing them excessively. Or floods, fires. He was burned himself too, but not destroyed. When he matured enough, his bulk was sufficient to keep him alive.

And I believe that he had a few tricks up his stem which our earthly trees are not capable off. He had a kind of telepathic link with the animals and other trees around him. As he grew older this power extended until it spanned his total planet. By the way, by then he was one of the few of his race, still alive. If I remember correctly, when the tree was young, he was mobile and ran around the country. When he matured he chose a nice place to take root and saw ages come and go. All the while his intelligence grew.

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    This seems very terse. Do you think that you could add some more details? Any little bit is helpful. – Mithical Jan 2 '17 at 22:30
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    Welcome to Science Fiction & Fantasy! Please try to add anything that may help identification. Review this checklist. When did you read it? What language was it in? Are there any other plot details you remember or descriptions of scenes or characters you can give? Anything at all? Feel free to edit any additional details into the question. – Paulie_D Jan 2 '17 at 22:34
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    Thanks @Paulie_D. I added some details which came back to me. The story was written in English, if I am not mistaken. The magazine was like kind of an introduction to Science Fiction. There were more short stories in there, but this story stuck out. I have no recollection of the writer nor the title of the story :-( – Maurice Stella Jan 3 '17 at 0:54
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    +1 for a few tricks up his stem. – Möoz Jan 3 '17 at 1:11
  • I was going to ask if the story is set on another planet, but I see you hinted in that direction when you mentioned "our earthly trees". OK, it's an alien tree on alien planet. Question: Do earthmen show up in the story, or is it all about aliens? – user14111 Jan 3 '17 at 2:09

I'm going to propose that the OP is thinking of Hybrid by Keith Laumer.

"Nine by Laumer (1967) is a collection of short stories accompanied by an essay in which Harlan Ellison rather effusively calls him the best new science fiction writer since Kurt Vonnegut. The opening story is "Hybrid", in which roving space travelers find a fallen tree that is actually an alien intelligence that transforms itself from animal to plant late in its life cycle. One of them becomes host to the tree's offspring/spores in return for extended life and an improved physiology."

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