JDawg, I can hear your 19 year old passion!
Listen, you don't have to paint photo-realism. You can really do more with less detail. Take a look at all the Impressionists. It's the suggestion that matters.
Take a lesson from watercolorists, who do best without all sharp edges, using only some details to suggest the rest.
If you really want to break with orthodoxy, take a look at a Bob Ross video! Yes, I know, that's sacrilege to artists, but the fact is that he demonstrated at least one consistently easy way to paint one kind of tree.
Or if you want to be more painstakingly copying, pick up a book on sumi-e painting (The Mustard Seed Garden Manual is an ancient classic) to see formulaic depictions of many types of trees.
Once you get the hang of it, you can improvise and find your own style.
Take a look at these different depictions and see if they don't loosen you up (and lessen your frustration.)