Symbolism of Trees

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The Deep-Rooted
Symbolism of Trees

Forests have always had deep-rooted symbolic meaning in virtually every culture on earth. Forests are the abode of the nature spirits. Forests are a refuge from danger as well as a source of dangerous wild animals. Forests are mysterious and constantly changing.

The symbolism associated with trees and forests contains multiple mythic qualities. The deep-rooted symbolism of trees is apparent in common metaphors such as the Tree of Life and our ancestral heritage depicted in family trees.

In Vedic philosophy, the symbolism of wood claims this element as the primal material of the universe. Christian art symbolism depicts Christ as the cosmic carpenter and His ultimate sacrifice is represented by the symbolism of a wooden cross. The Jewish depiction of the Kabbalah is in the form of a modified tree and explains the mystical teachings of Judaism.

Specific trees also have their own symbolic meanings. For example, the oak is the mightiest of trees and symbolizes strength and courage. The ancient Romans thought oak trees attracted lightening and thereby connected the oak tree to the sky god, Jupiter and his wife, Juno, the goddess of marriage. Thus, the oak is a symbol of conjugal fidelity and fulfillment. The oak tree was regarded by Socrates as an oracle tree. The Druids likewise ate acorns in preparation for prophesying. In addition, the Druids believed the leaves of the oak tree had the power to heal and renew strength.
The symbolism associated with specific trees is summarized below:

Apple Tree Symbolism
Apple tree symbolism includes magic, youth, beauty and happiness. The apple has long been associated with the symbolism of immortality. The mystical Isle of Avalon, famed place of eternal rest for Celtic heroes including King Arthur, is literally "the apple land" or "apple island." In Scandinavia, the North-European gods and goddesses were fed an apple every evening by Iduna, the goddess of spring who nurtures an apple orchard in Asgard.

Ash Tree Symbolism
Ash tree symbolism includes sacrifice, sensitivity and higher awareness. The wood is white, strong, and straight-grained. Ash is the timber of choice for production of baseball bats and tool handles. The wood is also favorable for furniture and flooring. Ash is a large deciduous tree with smooth, gray bark on young trees which becomes fissured with age. The leaves are green above, white below, and turn yellow, red, or purple in the fall.

Aspen Tree Symbolism
Aspen tree symbolism includes determination and overcoming fears and doubts. Renowned for their golden autumn foliage, aspen trees are the only broadleaf tree in the Rocky Mountains. Individual aspen trees live only 100 years. However, aspen trees reproduce by sprouting shoots from their roots. This allows them to grow in a cohesive grove. Thus, a grove is actually a single living organism which can reach several thousand years in age. Even fire damage will not kill a grove of aspen trees if the roots remain alive.

Beech Tree Symbolism
Beech tree symbolism includes tolerance, past knowledge and softening criticism. The beech family comprises about 900 species of both evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs. Beech trees have alternate simple leaves with pinnate venation. Beech trees produce edible nuts and are commonly used as timber for floors, furniture, cabinets, and barrels.

Birch Tree Symbolism
Birch tree symbolism includes new beginnings and cleansing of the past. Birch trees are also associated with vision quests. The common name birch is derived from an old Germanic root meaning "white, bright or to shine." The birch is considered the national tree of Russia, where it used to be worshipped as a goddess during the Green Week in early June.

Cedar Tee Symbolism
 Cedar tree symbolism includes healing, cleansing and protection. It is widely grown as an ornamental tree, planted in parks and large gardens for its drooping foliage. It is the national tree of Pakistan. The name "deodar" is derived from modern Indian language derivatives of the Sanskrit name 'devdar', meaning "timber of the gods".

Cherry Tree Symbolism
Cherry tree symbolism includes death and rebirth and new awakenings. Because of their considerable value as both food and ornamental plants, many cherry and other fruit tree species have been introduced to parts of the world to which they are not native. Many of the Old World species are grown for ornament or fruit, and have been planted throughout the world. Some have become naturalized beyond their native range.

Cypress Tree Symbolism
Cypress tree symbolism includes understanding the role of sacrifice and is associated with the god of the underworld, Hades. Many species are grown as decorative trees in parks and in temples. A few species are grown for their timber, which can be very durable.

Elder Tree Symbolism
Elder tree symbolism includes birth, death, and the fairy realm. The berries are a very valuable food resource for many birds. Both flowers and berries can be made into elderberry wine and an elderberry brandy is produced in Hungary. The flowers may be used to make an herbal tea, which is believed as a remedy for colds and fever. In Europe, the flowers are made into a cough syrup, which is diluted with water before drinking.

Elm Tree Symbolism
Elm tree symbolism includes strength of will and intuition. During the 18th and 19th centuries, elms were popular as ornamentals by virtue of their rapid growth and variety of foliage and forms. This popularity lasted until World War I when the consequences of hostilities, notably in Germany, and the outbreak of Dutch elm disease saw the elm slide into horticultural decline. Elm wood is valued for its interlocking grain, and consequent resistance to splitting, with significant uses in wheels, chairs and coffins. The wood is also resistant to decay when permanently wet, and hollowed trunks were widely used as water pipes during the medieval period in Europe.

Hazel Tree Symbolism
Hazel tree symbolism includes hidden wisdom, dousing and divination. The nuts of all hazels are edible. The Common Hazel is the species most extensively grown for its nuts, followed in importance by the Filbert. Nuts are also harvested from the other species, but apart from the Filbert, none is of significant commercial importance. A number of cultivars of the Common Hazel and Filbert are grown as ornamental plants in gardens.

Holly Tree Symbolism
Holly tree symbolism includes protection, overcoming of anger and spiritual warrior. In many western cultures, holly is a traditional Christmas decoration, especially in wreaths. The wood is heavy, hard and whitish. One traditional use is for chess pieces, with holly for the white pieces, and ebony for the black. Other uses include turnery, inlay work and as firewood. Looms in the 1800s used holly for the spinning rod. Because holly is dense and can be sanded very smooth, the rod was less likely than other woods to snag threads being used to make cloth.
Maple Tree Symbolism
Maple tree symbolism includes balance, promise and practicality. Maples are important as source of syrup and wood. Dried wood is often used for the smoking of food. They are also cultivated as ornamental plants and are beneficial for tourism in the autumn.

Palm Tree Symbolism
 Palm tree symbolism includes peace and opportunity. In many historical cultures, palms were also symbols for such victory and fertility. Today, palms remain a popular symbol for the tropics and vacations. Many common products and foods are derived from palms, and palms are also widely used in landscaping for their exotic appearance making them one of the most economically important plants. Most palms are distinguished by their large, compound, evergreen leaves arranged at the top of an unbranched stem.

Pine Tree Symbolism
Pine tree symbolism includes creativity, life, longevity and immortality. Pine trees are recognizable by both their needle-like leaves and cones. Pines are commercially among the most important of species used for timber and wood pulp in temperate and tropical regions of the world. Some species have large seeds, called pine nuts, that are harvested and sold for cooking and baking.

Willow Tree Symbolism
Willow tree symbolism includes magic, healing, inner vision and dreams. The leaves and bark of the willow tree have been mentioned in ancient texts from Assyria, Sumer and Egypt as a remedy for aches and fever. Native Americans across the continent relied on it as a staple of their medical treatments. This is because they contain acetylsalicylic acid, also known as aspirin. The willow is a famous subject in many East Asian nations' cultures, and the image has been employed in a variety of Korean poetry.

More About Forests
The many types of forests are designated by their distance from the equator and their altitude. Forests fall into the following major categories: tropical rainforests, sub-tropical forests, Mediterranean forests, temperate forests, coniferous forests and montane forests. The type of forest is determined by the types of trees that grow there.

The trees in forests are mainly used to create fuel and paper. About half of the wood harvested from forests around the world is used for heating homes and other buildings. Forests are so important to the economy around the world that they are usually managed by local or national governments to prevent illegal logging, accidental fires or other destructive activities. Forests are an ecosystem composed of trees, plants, animals, soil, and various microorganisms. Forests cover about 30% of the earth's surface. Forests grow in all types of landscapes including both salt and fresh water areas. In fact, some forests are located on moving glaciers.

Choosing Art with Tree Symbolism

Choose an image of tree based on its symbolism indicated above to decorate your home or office. This will serve as an effective visual reminder of your goals and help you to fulfill your dreams and visions for your life. Or select an image depicting a forest to remind you of places of comfort and mystery! Images of trees and forests are appropriate for any area of the home: entryways, livingrooms, dining rooms, bedrooms and family areas.

~What was paradise? But a garden, an orchard of trees and herbs
Full of pleasure, and nothing there but delights~
~William Lawson~



 Abele (White Poplar) - Time
 Acacia, Mimosa - Sensitiveness
 Acacia, Rose or White - Elegance
 Acacia Tree (Locust) - Friendship; Secret Love
 Acacia, Yellow - Secret Love
 Acorn (Oak Apples) - Nordic Symbol of Life & Immortality
 Almond (Flowering) - Hope; Haste; Watchfulness; Discretion; Thoughtlessness
 Almond - Hope Giddiness, Heedlessness
 Almond (Common) - Stupidity; Indiscretion
 Almond Tree: Stupidity; Thoughtlessness
 Almond, Laurel: Perfidy
 Allspice: Compassion
 American Elm - Patriotism
 Apple - Temptation
 Apple (Thorn) - Deceitful Charms
 Apricot Flower - Doubt; Distrust
 Arbor Vitae - Unchanging Friendship
 Arbutus - Thee only do I love
 Ash Tree - Grandeur
 Ash-leaved Trumpet Flower - Separation
 Ash, Mountain (Rowan) - Prudence, A Charm
 Aspen Leaf - Lamentation; Sighing
 Aspen Tree - Lamentation; Sighing; Scandal; Fear
 Asphodel - Regrets beyond the grave; Remembered beyond the tomb


 Balsam Fir - Impatience
 Balm of Gilead (Balsam Poplar) - Healing; Cure; Relief
 Barberry (Shrub)- Sharpness; Satire
 Barberry - Sharpness; Satire; Petulance; Ill temper; Sourness of temper
 Bay Leaf - I change but in dying; No change till death
 Bay Tree - Glory
 Bay Wreath - Reward of merit
 Beech - Prosperity
 Belvedere Wild (Licorice) - I declare against you
 Birch - Meekness, Grace
 Black Bryony - Be my support
 Black Poplar - Courage; Affliction
 Black Thorn - Difficulty
 Bladder Nut Tree - Frivolous Amusements
 Box (Boxwood) - Delicacy
 Branch of Thorns - Severity; Rigour


 Cedar - Think of me; I live for thee; Strength
 Cedar Leaf - I live for thee
 Cedar of Lebanon - Incorruptible
 Cedar Sprig - Constancy in love; I live for thee
 Cherry Tree - Good Education
 Cherry Tree, Cornelian - Durability
 Cherry Tree, White - Deception
 Chestnut, Horse - Luxury
 Cinnamon Tree - Forgiveness of injuries
 Cistus, Gum - I shall die to-morrow
 Cornel Tree - Duration
 Cypress - Mourning; Death; Despair


 Datura - Deceitful charms
 Dogwood, Flowering - Am I Indifferent to You?


 Ebony - Hypocrisy; Blackness
 Elder Tree - Compassion; Zealousness; Sorrow; Death
 Elder Berries - Love
 Elm - Dignity
 Evergreen - Poverty
 Evergreen Thorn - Solace in Adversity


 Fig - Argument; Longevity
 Fig Marigold - Idleness
 Fig Tree - Vigor and Corpulence<
 Filbert - Reconciliation
 Fir - Time; Pity; Fidelity, Boldness
 Flax - I feel your kindness
 Flax-leaf - Tardiness
 Forsythia (Shrub) - Anticipation


 Hand Flower Tree - Warning
 Hawthorn - Contentment, Hope
 Hand Flower Tree - Warning
 Hornbeam (tree)- Ornament
 Horse-Chestnut - Luxury


 Judas Tree - Betrayed
 Juniper - Perfect Loveliness


 Kalmia (Mountain Laurel) - Treachery


 Lagerstroema (Cape Myrtle) - Eloquence
 Larch - Boldness
 Laurel, American - Words, though sweet, may deceive
 Laurel, Ground - Perseverance
 Laurel, Mountain - Glory; Victory; Ambition of a hero
 Laurel-leaved Magnolia - Dignity
 Laurel, Viburnum - Glory, Renown
 Lemon - Zest
 Linden Leaf - Matrimony; Marriage
 Linden Tree/Sprig - Conjugal love
 Lime - Conjugal Love
 Live Oak - Liberty
 Locust - Affection Beyond the Grave
 Lote Tree - Concord


 Manchineal Tree - Falseness; Hypocrisy
 Mandrake - Horror; Rarity; Honor
 Maple - Reserve
 Mimosa - Sensitiveness
 Mulberry, Black - I will not survive you
 Mulberry, White - Wisdom
 Myrrh - Gladness
 Myrtle - Love; Everlasting Love; Hebrew Emblem Of Marriage; Remembrance


 Oak - Hospitality, Endurance and Triumph
 Oak Leaves - Bravery
 Oak, Live (Quercus virginiana) - Liberty
 Oak, North American White - Independence
 Oak Sprig - Hospitality
 Olive - Peace; Security
 Orange Tree - Generosity
 Orange Blossoms - Your purity equals your loveliness; Chastity


 Pear Tree - Affection
 Pine - Hope; Pity; Fidelity; Boldness; Time; Farewell
 Pine, Black - Pity
 Pine, Pitch - Philosophy. Time & Faith
 Pine, Spruce - Hope in Adversity; Farewell
 Pine Tree - Courage; Daring
 Plane Tree, Oriental - Genius, Magnificence, Shelter
 Plum Tree, Blackthorn - Keep Promise, Fidelity, Flowers Stand for Difficulty
 Plum, Indian - Privation; Suffering
 Plum Tree, Wild - Independence
 Pomegranate - Foolishness; Conceit
 Pomegranate, Flower - Mature elegance
 Poplar, Black Aspen; The Funeral Tree - Courage
 Poplar, White - Time, Lamentation
 Prickly Pear - Satire
 Privet - Mildness


 Red Bay - Memory
 Rowan, Sorb Apple - Tree of Life; Prudence


 Scotch Fir - Elevation
 Service Tree - Prudence
 Sorrel - Wit ill-timed; Parental affection
 Sorrel, Wood - Joy
 Southernwood - Jest; Bantering
 Spindle tree - Your image is engraved on my heart
 Spruce - Pity; Fidelity; Boldness
 Strawberry Tree (Arbutus) - Esteemed Love
 Sumac - Splendor
 Sycamore - Curiosity
 Syrian Mallow: Persuasion


 Tulip, Tree - Rural Happiness


 Walnut - Stratagem; Intellect
 Whortleberry - Treachery; Treason
 Willow - Forsaken Love
 Willow, Creeping - Love forsaken
 Willow, French - Bravery and humanity
 Willow-Herb - Pretension
 Willow, Water - Freedom
 Willow, Weeping - Mourning
 Winter Cherry - Deception
 Woodbine - Fraternal love
 Wormwood - Absence
 Wisteria - Meeting you Means So Much to Me


 Yew Tree - Resurrection, Faith, Sorrow

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