Trim A Binary Search Tree

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Given a binary search tree and the lowest and highest boundaries as L and R, trim the tree so that all its elements lies in [L, R] (R >= L). You might need to change the root of the tree, so the result should return the new root of the trimmed binary search tree.

Trim A Binary Search Tree Solution

 * Definition for a binary tree node.
 * public class TreeNode {
 *     int val;
 *     TreeNode left;
 *     TreeNode right;
 *     TreeNode(int x) { val = x; }
 * }
class TrimABinarySearchTree {
    public TreeNode trimBST(TreeNode root, int L, int R) {
        if(root == null) {
            return root;
        if(root.val < L) {
            return trimBST(root.right, L, R);
        if(root.val > R) {
            return trimBST(root.left, L, R);

        root.left = trimBST(root.left, L, R);
        root.right = trimBST(root.right, L, R);

        return root;

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