Wedding Gift Trees: Can I Give A Tree As A Wedding Present

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Giving trees for wedding presents is a unique idea, but it also makes sense. Will the couple really think of their special day when they use that food processor? A tree, on the other hand, will grow in their yard for years to come, giving them a beautiful reminder of the day they got married.

Can I Give a Tree as a Wedding Present?

It’s not a typical present, but that doesn’t mean that trees as wedding gifts can’t be done. A quick search online will turn up a number of nurseries that ship trees around the country and that will even gift wrap them and include a special message.

If you’re worried that it might be rude to go off the registry for a gift, get something less expensive from the couple’s gift registry and also send them a smaller, less expensive tree. They’ll appreciate the addition of a special, thoughtful gift tree.

Ideas for Trees to Use as Wedding Gifts

Any tree that will grow in the climate and region where the bride and groom live will make a thoughtful and special wedding gift. There are some specific choices, though, that may be particularly special or symbolic of love, life, commitment, and marriage.

Fruit trees. Several fruit trees hold special symbolism in many cultures. Apple trees, for instance, are symbolic of love and prosperity, perfect for the start of a marriage. These trees are also great because they provide fruit year after year that the couple can actually enjoy.

Camellia. While not exactly a tree, the camellia is a large and dense shrub and symbolizes love in many cultures. It produces beautiful and showy flowers. In warmer climates, it will thrive and grow into a large bush that blooms for years.

Olive tree. For couples in the right climate, an olive tree is a wonderful gift. These trees last for years, provide shade, and actually yield a delicious harvest of olives each year.

A charity tree. There are several charities that will allow you to gift a donated tree planting to the happy couple. The tree may be planted somewhere to reforest a region or to help a disadvantaged family grow crops.

Wedding gift trees are special and thoughtful, and any couple would be thrilled to receive one. Just remember to match the tree to the climate and conditions in which the couple lives and to send it with instructions for care so they can enjoy it for many years.

Mary Ellen Ellis

Mary Ellen Ellis has been gardening for over 20 years. With degrees in Chemistry and Biology, Mary Ellen's specialties are flowers, native plants, and herbs.