A tree is visualization of a structure hierarchy. A branch can be expanded or collapsed.

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About Base

A tree is composed of two core elements .slds-tree and .slds-tree__item. The tree wrapper, the outer most parent ul, will receive the class .slds-tree. This class will be used for scoping a tree, which allows for particular styling based on states in which the tree may enter.

A tree will need helper classes added and removed to help structure the layout. Each child node list item needs an aria-level attribute with its value being the number of levels deep it is nested to indicate the distinct grouping is nested within.

Whenever the tree has a nested group, the nested ul element should receive the ARIA role group. The parent li[role="treeitem"] requires the aria-expanded attribute to be applied. Toggling aria-expanded to true or false will show or hide the child group. The parent li[role="treeitem"] also requires aria-label to be applied and set to the tree items text value, this ensures child groups are't announced to screen readers as you interact with that branch.

When ever a role="treeitem" node is selected, aria-selected="true" needs to be applied to display the selected styles.

In our example, we are using a chevron icon on tree branches to help indicate to the user what action clicking the tree branch will perform, whether opening or closing it. The effect of rotating the icon 90° to indicate open/closed status is achieved by applying the ARIA attribute aria-expanded to the treeitem. aria-hidden="true" and tabindex="-1" must be placed on the toggle button.

Tree items can only contain text values, no actionable elements, apart from our toggle button, can be placed inside a Tree item.

Trees can only contain a single focusable tree item and tabindex="0" must be placed on the li[role="treeitem] that takes current focus. Every other actionable and non-actionable element must be made unfocusable by adding tabindex="-1" or removing tabindex, respectively.


Interaction requirements

  • Only a single action per tree item
  • Only 1 focusabled item per Tree
  • Actionable elements in a tree item are mouse only and should not be focusable, they should be presentational and should be hidden from screen readers and keyboard users
  • Focus is placed on the entire li[role="treeitem"]. If that item has child items, focus must include those as well.

Notable attributes

  • role="tree" is placed on the ul
  • role="tree" element also has aria-labelledby applied which points to the trees heading element
  • role="treeitem" is placed on the tree li elements
  • aria-level is applied to treeitem elements to indicate their nesting depth
  • aria-expanded is applied to treeitem elements that have child tree nodes. It is set to true or false
  • aria-label is applied to treeitem elements that have child tree nodes
  • aria-selected="true" is applied to treeitem elements that are selected
  • tabindex="0" is applied to the treeitem that is in focus
  • role="group" is applied to child tree node containers, ul

Keyboard navigation

  • Clicking on a tree item creates a selection
  • Up and Down arrow keys move :focus and aria-selected. Previous selections are cleared
  • Right arrow key to expand collapsed node.
  • Left arrow key to collapse expanded node.
  • Left arrow key on an end child node, collapses the group and moves :focus and aria-selected to the parent treeitem
  • Enter performs the default action on an end tree item (if there is one).
  • Ctrl + Up and Ctrl + Down moves focus. Current selection is maintained
  • Ctrl + Space will add or remove the currently focused tree item to the selection

Overview of CSS Classes


A tree is visualization of a structure hierarchy. A branch can be expanded or collapsed.

Restrict.slds-tree_container ul, table
Restrict.slds-tree div, .slds-tree th

When a branch doesn't have children, apply slds-is-disabled to the button icon

Restrict.slds-tree__item button

Hover state for a tree item


Selected state for a tree item


Focus state for a tree item


A tree grid is a way to structure tabular data that has a hierarchical structure. A tree grid row can be expanded or collapsed.

Restrict.slds-table_tree button