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The symbolism of "always green" trees

The symbolism of "always green" trees

In the height of summer, the season during which nature radiates a thousand colors and a thousand attractions, you hardly notice them. It must be said that this is the time when plants are at their best! In winter, everything changes. On the background of a nature whose hues have turned gray and brown, they stand out sharply and impose themselves as so many landmarks - and hope - during this period of sleep of the vegetation. These evergreen trees - that is to say "always green" or "evergreen" - which defy the seasons, are thus for some associated with a symbolism of hope and immortality which we can feel all the well-founded upon their contact. Let's go to their discovery!

The If

J-F. Mahé The yew is one of the symbols of the link between heaven and earth, a tree that evokes immortality. It is thus naturally cultivated in places devoted to the passage from life to death: our current cemeteries, and long before that, in the famous Hells of Greek mythology.


J-F. Mahé The shiny and persistent foliage of holly as well as the red berries which it welcomes in a cluster make it the symbol of the persistence of plant life in the heart of winter. It is thus quite naturally during the holiday season at the end of the year that it is most used.


J-F. Mahé Like the yew tree, the tree symbolizes the link between heaven and earth. Inseparable from the end-of-year celebrations, it was, for the Celts, the symbol of the hope of the forces of light over darkness, of life over death.

The Pine

J-F. Mahé Its growth is slow and sometimes tortuous, because the pine is not reluctant to grow in regions subject to wind and storms. Its often gnarled and inclined trunk then testifies to the struggle it had to lead to grow! It was thus quite naturally that he became a symbol of courage, determination and vital power. It is also a symbol of longevity and immortality due to the incorruptibility of its resin.

The Cypress

J-F. Mahé Its green and slender silhouette makes it known to all. With the yew which it is close to through symbolism, the cypress is linked to the concepts of life and death, coming to embody that of immortality. It owes this to its longevity, its foliage, which is always green and always decorated with fruit, as well as its almost rot-proof wood.


J-F. Mahé Boxwood is a plant marked by an astonishing contrast which is observed when one reports the smallness of its leaves and the suppleness of its young antlers to the hardness of its wood. Like many "always green" plants, it is a symbol of eternity and resurrection.


J-F. Mahé Gardeners have all experienced the foolproof vigor of ivy. What would be their reaction if they knew that the plant also demonstrates exceptional longevity, of the order of 400 years ?! Because of its characteristics - lifespan, ability to climb and hug - ivy is associated with the ideas of eternal life and emotional attachment.


J-F. Mahé This tree, symbol of victory, has already adorned more than one noble head during the history of humanity. It also crowns the well-made and full heads of doctoral students and academics. Finally, it is a symbol of eternity because of its evergreen leaves which never wilt.

The lemon tree

J-F. Mahé Citrus fruits are always green! To understand the symbolism of the lemon tree, it is necessary to refer to that of the citron, the variety of primitive lemon from which it comes. The images associated with it are those of perfection, fruitfulness and purity.