Like most ents, Treebeard takes a long time to make up his mind. He repeatedly speaks of not "being hasty". But he makes a momentous decision about the orcs, Saruman and Orthanc after hearing the hobbits' report.
Treebeard is described as the oldest being in Middle-earth, which is the cause of some confusion as Tom Bombadil is also called oldest. Treebeard however says that there are trees in Fangorn that are 'older than he'. The general consensus is that Treebeard is the oldest "living thing" in Middle-earth, as Tom Bombadil isn't exactly member of any race.
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