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Landscaping With Meaning: Trees That Have Special Symbolism


If you are facing the task of choosing the right trees and shrubs for your landscape, you might want to consider the meanings of certain plants. Flowers have special meanings, but so do trees. Some can represent longevity, while others might be signs of courage.

If you want your landscape to provide not only beauty but meaning also, the symbolism of these common trees may help you choose which one is the best fit for your landscape design.



One of the most beautiful trees, wisteria produces lovely purple flowers that are prized for the beauty. Wisteria grows in many of the southern states, but it is also common throughout Asia. Because of its flowers and variety, the wisteria tree has a number of meanings, including:

  • Devotion or dedication. If you live in a family home that has been owned for generations, the wisteria tree could be a nod to that heritage,

  • Good luck or new beginnings. If this is your first home together as newlyweds, or you are bringing a new person into the family, planting a wisteria tree to mark the occasion can make it more special.

  • Youth. Children are often represented by wisteria flowers.

Wisteria can be trained into tree form or it will grow is a woody vine that can take over other plants and structures. This is plant that is not for the faint of heart—it require an experienced gardener or a person committed to enlisting professional tree trimming services to train up a wisteria tree. If the meaning is worth the work, it can be a lovely addition to your landscape.


Oaks are steeped in religious history and symbolism. With a unique growth pattern and a beautiful leaf shape, they are popular for backyard landscapes because of their strength and their drought-resistant nature.

In Europe, many ancient cultures regarded the oak tree as the king of the forest, and some even thought the tree to be holy in nature. It represents steadiness. The Druids in particular used the oak tree for almost all of their needs, including shelter and food, and the name Druid itself is tied to the name of the oak tree.

Many places of religious worship, both Christian and otherwise, were built in groves of oak trees. It seemed like the oak was a sign of greater wisdom and understanding. It was also a sign of healing. Many old remedies used oak bark and leaves as cures for headaches and as talismans for health. Native Americans would use the bark as a cure for frostbite and skin conditions.

Finally, the spiritual significance of oak trees grew to the point that many places and people gained the name “Holy Oak.” These trees were like spiritual guardians that provided comfort, solace and even pardon for sinners.


While you might think of the palm tree as a sign of warm weather, beaches and a tropical oasis, the palm is nearly as revered as the oak tree. According to the Bible, when Jesus entered Jerusalem, thousands of people through palm fronds down at his feet. This event is now celebrated as “Palm Sunday.”

Because of this and other events, like waving palms at chariot races and parades in Rome, and because of their shape and unique qualities, palm trees are a sign of:

  • Freedom and victory. The triumphal entry into Jerusalem was mean to symbolize salvation from oppression. But this symbolism also comes from the tree itself. The palm does not break under pressure, instead it bends and remains free from the pressure of the wind and rain. After the storm, it is victorious and continues to thrive.

  • Resurrection. This is a direct connection to Easter and Palm Sunday, following the traditions of Christianity.

  • Bounty and plenty. Palm trees produce food for those in areas where other vegetation is sparse. Heart of palm and coconuts come from certain varieties of palm, and they provide continual sustenance for many cultures.

A palm tree can be a great addition to your landscape. They have a unique leaf shape and contrary to many beliefs, can grow in most warm climates, even if rainfall is scarce.


Cherry trees grow throughout the world, but no other tree provides a cultural identity to an entire nation. The Japanese, however, revere the cherry blossom and the trees themselves, and many people cannot separate the beautiful pink flower from the culture of this island country.

The message of the cherry tree is simple: make the most of the beauty of life. Cherry blossoms, while lovely, do not last long, and then it is long wait before they come again. The blossom serves as a reminder that life is short and that there is no time to waste.

Almost every tree has a story or a special history behind it. Choosing a tree that has a certain meaning can take your landscape to the next level. For more information on trees, contact us at Pete & Ron’s Tree Service, Inc.