Deepest right leaf node in a binary tree | Iterative approach


Given a Binary Tree, find the deepest leaf node that is right child of its parent. For example, consider the following tree. The deepest right leaf node is the node with value 10.


Input : 
     /   \
    2     3
     \   /  \  
      4 5    6
         \    \
          7    8
         /      \
        9        10

Output : 10

The idea is similar to Method 2 of level order traversal

Traverse the tree level by level and while pushing right child to queue, check if it is leaf node, if it’s leaf node, then update the result and since we are traversing level by level, the last stored right leaf will be the deepest right leaf node.

// CPP program to find deepest right leaf
// node of binary tree
#include <bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;
// tree node
struct Node {
    int data;
    Node *left, *right;
// returns a new tree Node
Node* newNode(int data)
    Node* temp = new Node();
    temp->data = data;
    temp->left = temp->right = NULL;
    return temp;
// return the deepest right leaf node
// of binary tree
Node* getDeepestRightLeafNode(Node* root)
    if (!root)
        return NULL;
    // create a queue for level order traversal
    queue<Node*> q;
    Node* result = NULL;
    // traverse until the queue is empty
    while (!q.empty()) {
        Node* temp = q.front();
        if (temp->left) {
        // Since we go level by level, the last 
        // stored right leaf node is deepest one 
        if (temp->right){
            if (!temp->right->left && !temp->right->right)
                result = temp->right;
    return result;
// driver program
int main()
    // construct a tree
    Node* root = newNode(1);
    root->left = newNode(2);
    root->right = newNode(3);
    root->left->right = newNode(4);
    root->right->left = newNode(5);
    root->right->right = newNode(6);
    root->right->left->right = newNode(7);
    root->right->right->right = newNode(8);
    root->right->left->right->left = newNode(9);
    root->right->right->right->right = newNode(10);
    Node* result = getDeepestRightLeafNode(root);
    if (result)
        cout << "Deepest Right Leaf Node :: "
             << result->data << endl;
        cout << "No result, right leaf not found\n";
    return 0;


Deepest Right Leaf Node :: 10

Time Complexity : O(n)

Mandeep Singh

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