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Question is what the title says.

Basically, I have an Awakened Tree that I want to give fire resistance through an item which requires attunement. Since the trees Intelligence is 10 now, it is certainly cognisant enough to understand how to attune to something (I mean our Barbarian can, and he's basically an angry pet rock.)

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Yes.

There is no restriction on which creatures can attune to magic items (but keep in mind that some items will not be usable based on the creatures body shape or ability to speak command words, etc.). Since an Awakened tree uses the stat block in the monster manual it certainly qualifies as a creature.

The relevant quotes: Attunement:

Attuning to an item requires a creature to spend a short rest focused on only that item while being in physical contact with it ... the creature gains an intuitive understanding of ... magical properties

From Awaken:

statistics appropriate for the awakened plant, such as the statistics for the awakened shrub or the awakened tree.

The only possible contention comes from the details of a short rest:

A short rest is a period ... during which a character does nothing more strenuous than eating, drinking, reading, and tending to wounds

The term characters is not clearly defined but NPCs count as characters and this tweet from Jeremy Crawford, lead designer, implies that short rests can be taken by creatures other than PCs as "companions" can attune.

The magic item attunement of your companions has no effect on the number of items you can attune to.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Ultimately, it just depends on whether the entity is a creature - and per the description of the Awaken spell, the target (if it meets the requirements) does become an awakened creature. \$\endgroup\$ – V2Blast Feb 15 '18 at 19:25

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