There are over 60,000 recorded species of trees on Earth.
While all species of trees carry some degree of healing symbolism, some just have a deeper association to spirituality than others.
Some have very specific spiritual meanings, and others can carry very broad connotations.
Here is a comprehensive list of spiritual trees, their healing abilities, and energy make-up, etc.
Because it would be a disservice to trees by ranking them in order of spirituality, the fair thing to do here is to list them in alphabetical order so that you would not prefer one over another.
And before we go on, it must be said that tree symbolism and spirituality can carry different meanings in different cultures around the world.
This list concerns Chinese symbolism and spirituality. And since Buddhism and Taoism are the biggest religions for the Chinese when in pursuit of spirituality, you would find that the life aspects the trees are linked to can be connected to what they represent in religions as well.
It must also be mentioned that spirituality is not directly linked to feng shui. But it fall under the umbrella of the 5 arts of Chinese metaphysics where feng shui also branches out from.
The alder tree takes on the yang attribute which makes it a masculine tree.
It is supposed to signify inner-strength and a higher state of awareness.
The healing abilities targets the kidneys.
In in terms of spirituality, it takes on yin energy and water elemental energy.
Apple trees also correspond with the planet Venus in astrology. While it’s healing attributes are linked to the health of the spleen and stomach.
The ash tree (灰树) is a yang tree which makes it a masculine plant.
It is associated with the fire element and relates to the sun in the solar system.
The tree is said to be a bridge to the sub-conscious and the astral plane. This idea is further reinforced when ancient Taoist sorcerers were believed to use branches and twigs from the ash tree when conducting rituals to access the 3 worlds.
However, ash trees are generally known spiritually as a tree of protection.
The aspen tree (白杨树) is a plant with yang attributes and also has a natural ability to accumulate yang energy.
This has to be emphasized as not all tree that are naturally yin or yang has the ability to harness either forms of chi.
It relates to the planet Mercury and has the ability to heal ailments regarding the lungs.
The yin bamboo tree (竹子树) is generally held in high regard in Chinese culture because it has so many practical uses including as food for consumption, raw materials of building structures, and materials for other products such as the flute, etc.
It’s even the primary food source for pandas!
They are also strongly associated with protection, strength and modesty.
The healing abilities target the human heart, stomach, lungs and gall bladder.
The birch tree (白桦树) has a yin nature and is linked to the water element.
It is a tree of protection that shields from evil forces and negative energy. The tree itself and it’s twigs are common materials used in rituals that either eliminate evil or to call for protection.
It is also associated with the planet Venus and symbolizes new beginnings.
When a birth tree is found in residences, it is sometimes also known as the tree of health, wisdom and safety for the particular household. However, the tree must be treated with respect or it might use it’s magical powers against the residents.
The cedar tree (雪松树) is one with a huge reputation in fiery power. No surprise that it is related to the sun in the solar system and the fire element.
Symbolically, it is mostly associated with love and faith.
It’s intense power is said to be feared by supernatural beings. As such, they are often found in burial grounds to act as some kind authority figure.
The tree and it’s parts are also used in a variety of ways especially for calling on protection and purification, both mentally and physically.
It is a yang tree and linked to the alleviation of symptoms arising from medical conditions such as arthritis, the cold and influenza, etc.
There are a number of variety of cherry trees (樱桃树). The most popular of which are those that bear the fruit we purchase at the supermarkets and those that that are infamous for the sakura cherry blossoms spectacle observed during spring.
The cherry tree is a essentially a feminine tree with yin energy characteristics.
It is represented by the water element yet associated with the fire planet Venus.
The body parts it is linked to includes the lungs, liver, kidneys and abdomen.
The chestnut tree has natural yang attributes.
It is a planetary representation of Jupiter and also associated with the fire element.
It’s healing properties are linked to the kidneys, spleen and stomach.
The cinnamon tree (肉桂树) , or cassia, is one with a perky look with it’s branches appearing to reach upwards instead of growing wide and sideways.
Resembling flames, it is no wonder this is a tree linked to the fire element and the sun itself.
Also being a tree of yang qualities, it’s no exaggeration to say that this is a plant that can represent Bing Fire.
In spiritual healing, it targets the bladder, spleen and kidneys.
The coconut tree is sometimes said to be the knitting that holds land to the sea.
This is because they are often found on beaches and by looking out to the sea, we will find the coconut trees acting link a binder binding the land to the sea. Thus, helping one to connect with the natural energy of the sea.
As the sea is associated with relaxation and regeneration, the coconut tree is a symbol of being at peace.
They also hold spiritual meanings of perseverance as it is able to weather the frequent aggressive storms near sea and continue to hold it’s ground after the storm has passed.
The crabapple tree (海棠树) is one of the few trees that is said to be neither yin or yang.
It is therefore considered a neutral plant. This balance actually has deep spiritual meanings as enlightenment seeks a balance in life a higher power.
The energy of crabapple is linked to the healing of the lungs, liver and kidneys.
The cypress tree (柏树) is one that has a distinct cone-shaped appearance. It is of earth energy and associated with the planet Saturn.
This yin energy tree is a symbol of longevity and is believe to be one of the most capable plants able to harness intense yang energy. This is a reason why parts of the tree is often made into incense for burning.
It can sometimes also be a symbol of grief over loved ones and commonly found in the vicinity of grave sites.
Datewood (枣木树) is a yang tree that is associated with the sun.
It has spiritual connotations with longevity, healing and protection.
They are also critical elements used in the practice of various Taoist rituals, magic and spells.
The ebony tree (乌木树) carries fire elemental energy and lean towards yin chi. So it’s not uncommon to find it associated with Ding Fire as well.
This is a tree that has very strong affiliation with magic and it’s parts are often used to energize pendents, amulets and personal accessories.
It is linked to the sun, the fire energy and yin chi.
Usually used for ridding of negative energy, cleansing of tainted stuff, and protection. It’s suitable for those who seek renewal.
People believed that one should never seek an ebony tree for shelter during a storm as it is an attractor of lightning.
The elder tree (接骨树) is an yin plant best known as the tree that bleeds due to the red sap that that oozes from the trunk when cut.
So it is no surprise that it’s one of the most multi-faceted trees in spirituality.
It is mostly used for protection against evil spirits. And sometimes can even be an invitation for evil forces. This is why those who don’t know what they are doing should never do rituals with twigs and branches from the elder tree.
The reputation it has for protection also made it a common practice to place parts of the tree around the house to defend against hostile forces originating from enemies who mean harm. However, it is never suggested to sleep under this tree.
Amusingly, elder leaves and fruits are sometimes used as decorative items in Chinese weddings to bless the married couple a happy marriage.
It is a representation of the water element and the planet Venus.
Elm trees (榆树) are of yin nature and corresponds with the water element. It’s planetary association is Saturn.
They are believed to have a strong influence on a person’s dreams and nightmares.
It’s symbolism in terms of personal development is self-confidence.
The healing properties targets the abdomen and intestines.
The fig tree (无花果) is a yang tree, corresponds to Jupiter, and linked to the fire element.
It’s energy is said to be associated with the healing of the lungs intestines and spleen.
This is a tree that is connected with fertility and is said to bless couple with the luck of descendants when planted in their garden. Those who wish for boys would plant it in the east as it is related to the Chen trirgam, and at the southeast for those who favor girls as it is related to the Sun trigram.
Parts of the tree itself like the fruits and twigs are sometimes consumed by women who are finding it difficult to conceive, and men who are impotent.
The fig leaf is also used in divination rituals where one is seeking answers to life questions from the cosmic universe.
The ginkgo tree (银杏)is one of the most revered trees of zen and spirituality. So much so that various places of worship plant them to call on it’s powers.
It’s no coincidence that is it generally accepted that it is a balanced tree that is neither yin or yang.
The body parts that it is associated with are the heart, lungs and kidneys.
The hawthorn tree (山楂树) is a colorful tree with it’s bright red berries contrasting with it’s dark green foliage.
It is a masculine yang tree with fire element that is associated with the planet Mars.
It’s healing attributes are linked to the lungs, stomach, intestines and spleen.
The tree is mostly a protective force that shields people from negative forces, and also acts as a cleansing agent to filter negative energy. Thus, parts of the tree can often be sold contained in sachets for people to carry as personal protection.
The spiritual and religious connection this tree has is so deep that it is believed to be very inauspicious to cut one down, and a very bad omen to come across on that is dying.
When one is thriving, it was believed that fairies would frequent it as they are attracted to it like bees to honey.
It is also a tree of happiness. So it’s often said that those who are facing challenges with their inner-self will be able to turn their life around with the spiritual help from the hawthorn tree.
As such, it is frequently suggested by metaphysicans to those who are having a troubled heart, suffering from depression, susceptible to anger management issues, dealing with stress and anxiety, etc.
The hazel tree (榛树) has yang attributes and corresponds with the sun.
It is often known as the tree of wisdom and inspiration. However, it is also strongly associated with higher self healing and protection.
When twigs are tied together with gold and red strings to form a solar cross, it is said to be a totem of goof luck.
A common practice that divination experts often do is to chew hazel nuts before starting their rituals. This is said that it helps to focus the energies that would be in play.
Even though the holly tree (冬青树) is a natural yang tree with fire elemental attributes, it is said that there is a gender to this particular tree.
The male trees are supposed to spot spiky leaves while the female trees would take on smooth leaves.
This is a tree of protection, particularly as a defense mechanism against psychic attacks. It is also strongly linked to life force.
Due to this ability to fend off attacks, it is often made into personal accessories, charms and talismans for people to carry around.
It’s magical powers are so all-encompassing that even wild animals would surrender to it and act like domestic pets when the holly tree’s powers are harnessed.
The juniper tree (杜松树) is one that naturally has yang qualities and fire energy. And despite the name who uncannily look similar to Jupiter, it is more related to the sun in terms of planetary association.
Juniper is a energy transformer. It is able to churn negative emotions into positive ones.
The tree itself is a protective symbol against harm such as physical injuries and accidents.
When one suspects that he or she might be the victim of spells cast by adversaries (including love spells), juniper trees were often planted at home or near the front door to ward off these hostile forces.
The healing ability of this tree is linked to the kidneys, trauma injuries, liver, arthritis, immunity system, etc.
The magnolia tree (玉兰树) is a plant with very unique feng shui aspects.
It is also a yin energy plant that is associated with the earth element and the planet Venus.
It’s spiritual healing abilities are connected to the bladder, spleen, intestines and abdomen area.
The maple tree ((枫树)) has masculine yang attributes and relates to the planet Jupiter.
It is linked to the organs of lungs, large intestines and the spleen.
This is a tree (桑树) with yang characteristics and corresponds with the planet Mercury.
It’s healing properties target the same areas as the maple tree, plus the kidneys.
The oak tree (橡树) is fused with yang energy and relates to the fire element. It also symbolizes the sun.
It is another tree of protection that forms a barrier against evil forces. Thus, it was often found displayed on door frames, hanging on window frames, and near the front door of property.
Because of it’s strong linkage to the power of solar fire, it is frequently carried around in carved pendants as good luck charms to call on the magic of feng shui symbolism.
In meditation rooms, the plant helps one get in touch with courage, inner-strength, and even wealth luck.
Traditionally, it was considered very unlucky to remove oak trees that grew naturally. Because once it has chosen a spot to dig it’s root in, it was said that the tree has identified a spot that needs protection. Removing it would be removing that protection.
With regards to metaphysical healing, it is tied to the heart, spleen and kidneys.
The palm tree (棕榈树) is a spiritual tree of protection.
The huge fan shaped foliage is supposed to fend off negative energy from entering a space.
Therefore it is not uncommon to find places of zen and relaxation being surrounded by palm trees.
The paulonia tree (泡桐树) is associated with yang attributes.
It is able to target the heart (including emotionally) when used for spiritual healing.
The peach tree (桃树) is one that enjoys a lot of exposure in Chinese culture.
This is because it has multiple uses in both feng shui and religion.
The plant itself, the peach fruit and it’s flowers are referred to in various practices of feng shui, symbolism, religious rituals, divination and spirituality.
It is a yin tree with water element energy and corresponds with the planet Venus.
It has the ability to call on longevity, protection, and good physical and mental health.
It is no exaggeration to claim that the pine tree (松树) is the king of trees in Chinese symbolism.
While is is most associated with longevity, it is also strongly associated with peace from within.
It has a natural yang energy and relates to the planet Mars.
It is also one of the most potent condensers of vital yang chi. Therefore is a favorite for those with land to spare in their properties.
It is also an efficient cleanser and purifier of things that are filled with negative aura.
This is one tree that has no negative connotations.
The rowan tree (罗文树) is a yang energy plant that corresponds with fire energy and the sun.
It enhances the power of manifestation and good luck in general. Further more, it is one of the strongest trees of protection.
It is also believed that the tree is able to form a bridge between one and his sub-conscious, influencing dreams and alleviating nightmare tendencies.
The willow tree (柳树) is generally bad feng shui due to the form and shape it grows into.
There is also a strong linkage between it and spirits. So much so that legend has it that it can even trap spirits.
Various classical text and writings mention that it is a link between worlds of the living and the dead.
It’s healing abilities lean more towards pain relief.
Willows are of yin quality and corresponds to the moon in the solar system.
The yew tree (紫杉树) has yin attributes, contains water energy and links to the planet Saturn.
It is a representation of the underworld and not recommended for residences unless you know exactly what you are doing.
It’s healing abilities target the kidneys.