Plants, Trees, and Flowers

This page lists all the various symbols in the Plants, Trees, and Flowers category.

The natural world is home to a vast variety of symbols, and plants, trees and flowers are among the most symbolically charged objects you'll ever encounter. Some of their symbolic meanings are widely known; the rose is a near-universal symbol of love and poppies are a tribute to those who have died in the great wars of the 20th century.

Such meanings, however, are only the tip of the proverbial iceberg, and the number of symbolic associations to be drawn from the plant world is nearly as extensive as the number of species themselves.

Symbols in this category:

Bamboo

One of the most ubiquitous symbols of eastern Asia, bamboo is a plant with many meanings and, in modern-day industry and manufacturing, a plant with many practical uses.

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Cherry Blossom

Soft, delicate and beautiful, the cherry blossom is one of the world’s most admired flowers. This admiration is particularly strong in Japan, where cherry blossoms have been held in high esteem for centuries, and garnered many important symbolic attributes in the process.

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Chrysanthemum

In parts of eastern Asia, the chrysanthemum is extremely important as a cultural symbol. Although the lotus flower has symbolic meaning across a larger swath of the continent, in China and Japan it runs into some stiff competition from this golden-hued beauty.

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Dates

The cultivation of dates began over 5000 years ago, and the fruit is still an important foodstuff in many parts of the world. In terms of symbolism, the date has much in common with the fig, and aside from the fruit itself, date palm trees hold symbolic importance in their own right.

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hemp / cannabis

Industrial hemp-food,fuel,fiber.

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Lotus

In terms of symbolic importance, the lotus has achieved a status that has seldom been equaled by any flower. Its beauty, perfume and central place in many belief systems has made it a true monarch of the botanical world. It would be highly difficult to enumerate all the symbolic meanings of the lotus, so this article will provide a basic overview along with a few specific examples of cultures where the flower holds special significance.

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Magnolia

Magnolias are especially prized in China, where they carry powerful symbolic meaning.

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Oak

In many parts of ancient Europe, the oak tree was a revered symbol and associated with numerous deities. Besides the tree itself, individual components such as acorns and leaves hold their own unique significance.

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Olive

Olives have been cultivated by Mediterranean peoples for at least five thousand years, and are still a major staple of cuisines in the region. This article will address not just the olive itself, but the oil produced from it and the tree from which it grows, since the symbolic meanings of all three are interconnected.

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Plum

The plum is an important symbol in parts of eastern Asia, where both the fruit and its flower carry significant meaning.

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Poppy

The cultural importance of the poppy stretches back over 3000 years, and its symbolic associations are fairly well known to modern society. These associations can be divided into two broad categories, and there are several layers within each category that add to the flower’s significance.

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Saffron

Saffron is a spice with both culinary uses and symbolic importance. Difficult to find and time consuming to gather and process, it was highly prized by many cultures and has acquired a number of important meanings over the centuries.

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Shamrock (clover)

In modern times, this little weed has come to serve as a visual metaphor for anything connected with Ireland, and many people simply take it at face value. However, the shamrock actually has some interesting history behind it that everyone should know about.

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White Rose

Perhaps the most famous of all flowers, the rose has been a prominent symbol for many millennia. The symbolic meanings of this flower are almost innumerable, but one of the easiest ways to catalog them is by the color of individual blossoms.

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