# Difference between Binary Tree and Binary Search Tree

**Binary Tree Data Structure**

A tree whose elements have at most 2 children is called a binary tree. Since each element in a binary tree can have only 2 children, we typically name them the left and right child.

**Binary Search Tree Data Structure**

Binary Search Tree is a node-based binary tree data structure which has the following properties:

- The left subtree of a node contains only nodes with keys lesser than the node’s key.
- The right subtree of a node contains only nodes with keys greater than the node’s key.
- The left and right subtree each must also be a binary search tree.
- There must be no duplicate nodes.

**Difference between Binary Tree and Binary Search Tree:**

BINARY TREE | BINARY SEARCH TREE |
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BINARY TREE is a non linear data structure where each node can have almost two child nodes | BINARY SEARCH TREE is a node based binary tree which further has right and left subtree that too are binary search tree. |

BINARY TREE is unordered hence slower in process of insertion, deletion and searching. | Insertion, deletion, searching of an element is faster in BINARY SEARCH TREE than BINARY TREE due to the ordered characteristics |

IN BINARY TREE there is no ordering in terms of how the nodes are arranged | IN BINARY SEARCH TREE the left subtree has elements less than the nodes element and the right subtree has elements greater than the nodes element. |

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