Tree Symbolism
Symbolic Meanings of Trees

For the longest time, trees have been planted around the world in many cultures in honor of an accomplishment or an important event like a graduation, wedding or the birth of a child.

A memorial tree can also be planted to honor the life of someone dear to you that has recently died. This kind of tree is a unique tribute to your loved one as well as a long term commitment to the environment. Memorial trees are symbolic of a new beginning.

There are different symbolic meanings for different types of trees. Here are the symbolic meanings for several types of trees, this includes planting them, and it applies to the tree even if it is already planted. Just having a certain kind of tree can have deep symbolic meaning to many cultures, consider this when planting a tree or the next time you observe a certain species of tree.

Apple Tree Symbolism

Apple trees have been known to symbolize youth, beauty, joy, and magic. Since the apple has symbolized immortality for many centuries, so do apple trees.

Ash Tree Symbolism

Ash trees have been known to symbolize sacrifice, and sensitivity such as higher awareness.

Bonsai Tree Symbolism

bonsai tree

Bonsai trees have been known to symbolize goodness, balance, and harmony.

Bonsai trees have been known to symbolize goodness, balance, and harmony.

People started growing bonsai trees in China, the growing of bonsai trees spread to Japan as well.



Cherry Tree Symbolism

cherry tree

The cherry tree is one of the first trees to bloom in spring and for this reason they symbolize new awakenings and rebirth.

Cherry trees are also considered a sign of fortune when in bloom. They also symbolize love and romance.


Elm Tree Symbolism

The Elm tree symbolizes strength of will, and some say it symbolizes intuition and inner strength.

Fir Tree Symbolism

The Fir Tree is a symbol of spring, and eternal life. The fir tree also symbolizes Christmas, and is used by many people in North America as a x-mas tree.

Maple Tree Symbolism

maple tree

The maple tree symbolizes balance, and usefulness. The reason they are associated with practicality is because they are very useful trees, they can be used for making syrup, and wood for building.

The Japanese maple is a favorite in Japanese landscape design. The Japanese maple symbolizes great blessings and peaceful retreat.


Oak Tree Symbolism

The oak tree with its expansive canopy is a symbol of power and courage.

Palm Tree Symbolism

The palm tree mainly symbolizes peace. However in some parts of the world the palm tree symbolizes victory and fertility. In modern day society palm trees also symbolize vacations and the Carribean.

Willow Tree Symbolism

weeping willow tree

Willow Trees have long been known to symbolize both magic, and healing, some cultures also believe that they symbolize dreams.

In Egypt the leaves and bark of a willow tree was used as a cure for pains and fevers.

Native Americans also used Willow tree bark and leaves, because they contain an acid that is today known as aspirin.

In Asia mourning pieces were created in the 19th century and before, by women to symbolize and honor the death of someone. The mourning pieces included one or several mourners in dark clothing bending over a tombstone or urn with a willow tree.

The Symbolic Meaning of Wisteria

wisteria tree

The Wisteria tree has impressive growth and can be seen decorating the front of buildings. It is very striking and comes in a variety of colors. More commonly it is blue or purple but it can also come in white or pink.

Due to the long life of the wisteria tree, upwards of 100 years, it has come to symbolize immortality and longevity.

Who can resist the intoxicating fragrance and hanging blooms of the magnificent wisteria tree.

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