Tree Dream Meaning & Symbolism

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Dreams of trees are often associated with life. As a dream symbol trees can show you a lot concerning your past, present, and possibly even the future as well.

what it means to dream about trees

There are many possible dream interpretation meanings for trees in dreams, so we’ll carefully explain common types of tree dreams as well as common meanings for dreams about trees.

Common Dream Meanings for Trees

what it means to dream about trees

A Symbol and Metaphor for Life:

Our lives are made up of the past (roots of the tree), present (the trunk of the tree), and the future (the branches). Think carefully about each of these parts of the tree that appeared in your dream.

If you did not see the roots of the tree, that means you are not concerned about the past, and looking only at the present and/or future. If the focus was on the branches, you may be concerned about the future. To see just the trunk in your dream shows your current present state.

Resilience and Strength:

Trees are strong and can withstand a great deal of weather. To see a tree in your dream that is strong and healthy can symbolize your own personal strength and endurance.

When hard winds blow, even though the branches may sway and bend, the mighty oak remains upright and is able to withstand even the most challenging of conditions.

If you have ever seen a tree fall, you may also be aware of how heavy and forceful this can be. I’ve seen trees completely destroy cars and houses and close roads down for days because it is difficult to move them and repair the damage.

Seasons of Change:

Those of us who live in the Northern American climate can appreciate the beautiful changing of the seasons each year. In autumn the leaves transform from green to many beautiful hues of yellow, orange, red, and auburn.

To dream of autumn trees with leaves changing colors can symbolize a change you are undergoing yourself. It can also be a sign that you are ready to let go. After all, trees are the masters of letting go.

trees are the masters of letting go

They know by allowing the leaves to fall in the autumn they will be able to be healthier with new leaves in the spring and summer months.

Attachment & Connection:

As trees are deeply rooted into the ground, they can also be a symbol of something you are deeply attached to, such as past emotions or feelings or a relationship. 

Sometimes this deep rooting can be beneficial, but other times it can be a hinderance. If we are stubborn or unable to let go of things bothering us, this can build up and cause problems slowly over time.

We can also think of trees as a symbol for connection and a unifying symbol between all 4 elements.

  • The roots grow deep into the ground, connecting with the energy of the earth.
  • The branches are way up high in the sky, reaching to the heavens and strong in the elements of air and wind.
  • These plants typically grow in places where water is present and abundant.
  • Finally, when the lifespan of the tree is over, we can use the wood for fire.

Family & Ancestry:

“Family Tree” is another common dream interpretation for trees, as the tree represents family. This may be especially true if you dream of more than one tree or if the tree has a lot of branches.

Our families are often intertwined in a lot of different aspects of our lives. Sometimes family relationships can be complicated.

Today genealogy is a growing hobby where many people trace the roots of their ancestors, even completing DNA tests to solve the mystery of who their ancestors may be. 

As a symbol for family and heritage, trees can often appear in visitation dreams, especially as we remember and honor those loved ones who have died.

Common Tree Dream Examples & Interpretation

Now that we understand some of the common themes and symbols associated with these large woody plants that provide us with shade, air, shelter, warmth and food – let’s go over some different ways they might appear in a dream and the possible interpretation!

Forest/Woods: To see many trees in a forest or the woods means that you feel a need to connect with others. It can also symbolize feeling lost or uncertainty. 

Climbing a Tree: To dream you are climbing a tree means you are reaching your ambitions and goals in your career and your personal life.

Tree House: A tree house in your dream most likely represents how you see yourself. Pay attention to the details of the dream, such as the size of the tree house, the condition of the tree house, and other details. Taking note of this will help provide more clues as to how you see yourself. You may also wish to see our post on house dream meaning.

Hollow Tree Stump: To see a hollow tree in your dream can symbolize something has come to and end or there is something missing from your life. For example, have you recently quit your job or ended a relationship?

Tree Branch: To see a tree branch that is dead signifies something in your life that is dead or dying symbolically or it can symbolize that you are having problems reaching your goals. To see a living tree branch shows that you are moving forward in life.

storm roots dolly parton quote
“Storms make trees take deeper roots.” – Dolly Parton

Uprooted Tree: To see an uprooted tree in your dreams symbolizes turmoil in your family life.

Fallen Tree: To see a fallen tree in your dream may symbolize obstacles, as well as disappointments in your life.

Tree Blocking a Road: To see a tree blocking a road in your dream signifies obstacles in your path, or your roots may also be keeping you from your path.

Cutting Down a Tree: Dreaming of chopping down a tree can mean that you are severing or ending some part of your life. This could mean that you are no longer associating with a certain activity or event. It can also mean that you are ready to move on to new things. 

Dying or Sick Trees: If you see a tree covered in moss, insects, or other common diseases and parasites, it can mean that there is some aspect of your own physical or mental wellness that is being neglected. It can be a sign that you need to make it a point to give yourself some attention and self-care.

What Different Species of Trees Symbolize

There are over 182 different species of trees! While we cannot possibly list them all, we will try to include the most common trees we often see in our daily life and give some ideas for possible interpretation.

Flowering/Fruit Trees:

To see a tree bearing fruit or flowers can symbolize fertility and abundance in your life. Examples of species that bear fruit include Apple Trees, Pear Trees, Peach Trees, Orange Trees, Banana Trees, and Black Cherry Trees. Plums, Nectarines, Grapefruit, and Apricots also grow on trees. 

Sometimes it can be helpful to look at the meaning of the specific type of fruit and its symbolism to better understand the meaning. For example, if you dream about an apple tree, it can be very helpful to learn what it means to dream about an apple

If in your dream you are eating the fruit from the tree, this can mean that you are nourishing a part of yourself. 

Flowering trees typically only flower for a very short time span in the spring. Most deciduous/hardwood trees flower each year, and the blossoms can be very beautiful, even if they only appear for a short time.

These flowers appear as a symbol that life can be very short and we must appreciate and give thanks for all small joys we may experience.

To see flowers or blossoms on trees while dreaming can be a sign you need to practice gratitude and appreciation in your life. 

Deciduous Trees & Hardwoods:

Deciduous species lose their leaves each year through the passing seasons. Common North American species include Maple, Oak, Ash, Poplar, Birch, Sassafras, and Cherry. These woods can take a very long time to grow, but are often preferred by most woodworkers and furniture makers.

These woods are also preferred for using to build a fire, because they typically burn slowly and evenly. 

maple leaf

Maple is often associated with maple syrup and has a distinct leaf pattern we can recognize on the Canadian flag.  The process of making syrup is a long and slow one, and so this may be a symbol for patience.

If you have friends or family who live in either Canada or states like Vermont that are well-known for maple syrup production, it could be the maple leaf appears to remind you of that person.

Oak trees grow to be strong and tall, all from a tiny acorn. The wisdom of an oak tree is to remind us that we all start with small and humble beginnings, but with perseverance we can become strong and resilient to challenges ahead of us. 

Symbol Meaning for Evergreen Trees

evergreen symbol meaning

Evergreen trees are conifers which never lose their needles and stay green year round. Examples of these species include pine, cedar, spruce, and redwood.

These trees symbolize endurance and longevity. For example, evergreen trees may relate to your marriage or a long time career. Many conifer woods such as cedar are resistant to rot and decay, and so this can be a symbol for strength and lasting durability.

Tropical and Exotic Trees

Many varieties are very rare and only grow in certain remote parts of the world. For example, ebony is a protected endangered species. 

Other species such as palm and coconut are only able to grow and thrive in a tropical climate.

If you live in a temperate climate like I do with very cold winters, seeing palm trees in your dream can mean that you are longing for an escape or exotic experience. 

On the other hand, if you live in a place like Southern Florida where palm trees are more common, it can mean that you are taking something for granted or that you are longing for a more spiritual connection in your everyday life.

Tips for Interpreting Your Dreams of Trees

Dreams are a deeply personal and unique experience, and therefore you will always be the best interpreter of your dreams. Here are some tips to help you interpret your tree dream and questions to journal about.

What type of tree did you see?

Was it a maple or a pine tree or a big redwood tree? The type of tree may have special significance in your life. Do some research on the type of tree, or think carefully about the tree’s name.

For example, if it is a pine tree, it could mean you are “pining” for something in your life. Dreaming of orange trees might make you think of Florida where you have relatives you miss. Sometimes our dreams manifest symbols in a very strange literal language indeed!

What’s Going on in Your Waking Life?

Because there are so many different possible meanings for a tree in your dream, it is especially important to think about your waking life when interpreting.

By thinking about what is going on in your life, your current worries, or latest events, it will be easier for you to interpret the true meaning of the dream.

What were your feelings or emotions during the dream?

Pay careful attention to the feelings that you felt during the dream. Did you feel happy? Peaceful? Frightened? The emotions you felt in your dream may pertain to the emotions you are feeling in your waking life.

Do you have any other possible dream interpretation meanings for trees in your dreams? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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