Tree Dream Meaning & Symbolism

Dreams about trees are generally positive, although there are, of course, exceptions to the rule. Trees represent personal growth, our dreams, and our desires. Seeing a tree in your dream can mean that you want new experiences and new people in your life. 

In this article, we will give you some interpretations of your tree dreams and we hope that they will help you to understand them.

Common Dream Meanings for Trees

Common Dream Meanings for Trees

Trees represent the past, the present, and the future. The roots are the past and if you dream about them, it can mean that you have developed a good foundation for the rest of your life. On a more negative side, it can indicate that the past is haunting you. If you don’t dream about the roots, it means that you are not concerned with the past.

The trunk represents the present and can indicate that you have your feet firmly planted in on the ground. You are not concerned about the past and nor are you worried about the future.

The last symbol we have are the branches. They can be high up in the air and can signify our hopes for the future. Branches also indicate that you have the potential to grow either spiritually or physically. You might find a new partner or make new friends.

Resilience and Strength

Trees are generally strong and cope with all sorts of weather, be it excessive rain, strong winds, or even typhoons. If you dream about a tree it can mean that you too are strong and can endure all sorts of problems. 

However, if you see a tree fall, it can mean that you are worried about something. You will have to sit down and consider your problems when you wake up. Falling trees can cause a lot of devastation and can destroy houses and cars. Perhaps your life is being upset by someone or you are trying to ruin someone else’s life. It is time to consider what you are doing.

Seasons of Change

Although some trees, like olive trees, keep their leaves all year long, many trees don’t. 

In the spring some trees blossom, indicating love and happiness. If you are looking for romance, this is the time to go for it as the relationship will blossom. The cherry tree is particularly spiritual and if you dream of one, you can expect to spend quality time with friends or family.

If you see green leaves in your dream, it can mean that you are experiencing growth and abundance in your life. You are moving forward, and this is a good time to make investments as luck is in the air. 

In many countries, you can see leaves change from green to red, orange, and yellow in the autumn. If you dream about an autumnal tree, this can mean that you are changing. Alternatively, it is α sign to let go of something. It could be time to move on.

Dreaming of winter can have different meanings. If you dream of a Christmas tree you are due some happy family time. Christmas trees don’t lose their needles, but others do, and if you dream of bare trees, it can indicate that you have been pushing yourself too hard and you are worn out. It is time to take a break and get your energy back. Another interpretation of this dream is that you are worrying and need to get your problems sorted out.

If you see dead leaves on a tree in your dream, you could be struggling with your internal energy, perhaps due to illness. It is time to accept help from people who you trust.

Attachment & Connection

Dreaming of roots often symbolizes attachment to someone or something. Perhaps in real life, you are wishing that you hadn’t let that special person get away or that you’ve chosen the wrong career path. 

Sometimes the roots are positive, telling you that it’s time to move on. On the other hand, they can be negative. If the past is causing you difficulties, perhaps it is time to let go.

Trees are a symbol of connection as they generally survive through all four seasons. You too will survive. 

However, you can also dream about uprooted trees and these are telling you to disconnect from your past. You need to do things differently and perhaps even start afresh.

Family & Ancestry

Trees can be a symbol of your family. Many people try to look up their ‘Family Tree’ and if you dream about more than one tree or a tree with many branches, it can mean that you want to connect or find your family. Trees can also mean that you are thinking about dead members of your family who you are either missing or would like to know more about. 

Common Tree Dream Examples and Interpretation

Now it’s time to take a look at the different ways trees might appear in your dreams.

Forest/Woods: If you dream of a forest or wood, it can mean that you feel lost, but on the other hand it can just mean that it’s time to connect with other people. To fully interpret the dream, you have to think about the way you are feeling in your waking life. 

If you notice that the trees are particularly beautiful, it can be a sign that you are going to be rewarded for past efforts either in a work environment or in a relationship.

Climbing a Tree: To dream about climbing a tree is usually positive. It can mean that you are within reaching distance of your goals. The speed at which you are climbing the tree is also important. If you are climbing it slowly, but carefully, you will realize your ambitions, but it will take a long time. If you are climbing the tree quickly, it can mean that you are can put your mind to anything and will succeed. If you assess the tree before climbing, it can mean that you are careful and want to set your goals carefully.

Tree House: If you dream about a tree house, you are hiding from your problems and the reality of your everyday life. It is time to face them and not escape to a house high up in the branches and away from everyone else. The dream can remind us of our childhood when we might have had a tree house to hide away in. However, as an adult, you need to face up to life and any problems. 

Hollow Tree Stump: Seeing a hollow tree stump in a dream can mean the end of something important in our waking life, such as a job or a relationship. Perhaps something is missing in your life and it is time to remedy it.

Tree Branch: Tree branches can have different meanings. If you see dead branches, it can mean that something is missing in your life or that something has come to an end. Perhaps there is a hobby you love, but you have to stop doing it because you are too busy at work.

If, however, you see a living tree branch or branches, it can mean that you are happy and moving forward. 

Trees with large, thick branches indicate that you are a generous and kind person, but also that you should be careful as someone might misuse your trust. 

Uprooted Tree: If you see a tree in your dream which has been uprooted, there can be problems within your family. It is time to face up to them. If the tree has done some damage, your problems could be worse than you thought. 

Fallen Tree: To see a tree that has fallen could indicate that you have problems in your waking life. There might be obstacles in your way, meaning that you can’t move on to a better job position. On the other hand, you could be disappointed that a relationship has failed.

Tree Blocking a Road: If you see a tree that has fallen and is blocking a road, it can mean that there are obstacles in your way and you are going to have to work hard to conquer them. Also, such a dream can mean that your past is keeping you from moving forward. Your road is blocked, and you will have to work hard to get back on the right path. 

Cutting Down a Tree: To see yourself in a dream cutting down a tree can mean that you are severing a relationship or ending some other part of your life. You are ready to move on to the next stage of your journey. 

Dying or Sick Trees: If you see a dying tree; perhaps one covered in parasites, take it as a sign that you need to care for yourself more. You could be neglecting some aspect of your mental or physical health.

What Different Species of Trees Mean?

There are well over 180 types of trees and we can’t look at all of them now, but we will tell you about some of the most important ones.

Flowering/Fruit Trees

If you see a flowering or a fruit tree in your dreams, it can be a sign that you are going to make significant gains in your waking life. This could be a pay rise, or it could even mean that you are going to have a baby. 

To take the apple tree as an example, the dream could mean that you are reaping the benefits of your hard work. If you see a large orchard filled with apple trees, you are due some happiness and family time.

If you see yourself eating the fruit from a tree, it can mean that you are looking after yourself, either mentally or physically.

Flowering trees symbolize life. Trees only blossom for a short period of time. In the same way, our life is short, and we must make the most of it.

Deciduous Trees & Hardwoods

Deciduous trees lose their leaves every winter and include such trees as oak, maple, elm, ash, poplar, and birch. 

If you see an oak tree in your dream, it is a sign of long life, wisdom, and strength. An oak tree is the king of trees and dreaming about one indicates great leadership qualities and strength. Your life is going to be good going forward and you can expect success. You will have the ability to guide other people in the right direction.

Elm trees, on the other hand, can have two different meanings. They can be a sign of love, but they can also indicate pain. You may need to take a vacation to refresh both your body and your soul. 

If you think about maple trees, it is more likely that you will think of maple syrup rather than the tree. However, if you see the tree in your dream, it can signify that you need to be patient. Maple syrup takes a long time to make and for you to reach your goals will also take some time. However, the wait will be worth it.

Symbol Meaning for Evergreen Trees

Evergreen trees, such as pine, cedar, spruce, and redwood, stay green all year round. Dreaming about them is positive. They symbolize endurance and longevity. Cedar, for example, is resistant to rot and decay and this is a symbol of strength and durability. You will overcome any problems you are faced with.

Tropical and Exotic Trees

Trees such as palm and coconut only grow well in tropical climates. If you dream of one and live in a temperate climate, it can indicate that you want to escape to a more exotic location. On the other hand, if you live in a tropical climate such a tree can mean that you are taking things for granted.

Tips for Interpreting Your Dreams of Trees

Dreams are personal and you are the best interpreter of them. Here we’ll give you a few pointers.

What Type of Tree Did You See?

It is a good idea to do some research on the type of tree you have dreamt about. For example, if you see pine trees, you might be pining for something in your waking life. If you dream of an orange tree, it might make you think of more exotic locations where you have family that you miss.

What’s Going on in Your Waking Life?

Dreams usually have something to do with your waking life, so it is a good idea to think about how you feel and how your waking life is going.

What Were Your Feelings or Emotions During the Dream?

It is important to think about how you are feeling in your waking life and relate it to the way you are feeling in your dream. Your emotions may match and emphasize the way you are feeling. If they aren’t the same, perhaps there are hidden emotions that you don’t want to admit.

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