Tree Meaning

What is a Tree:

A tree is a perennial plant, consisting of a woody trunk of a certain elevation, which branches into a crown. The word, as such, comes from Latin arbor, arbŏris.

For a plant to be considered a tree, it must have certain characteristics: have roots, a height between two and six meters, a trunk of at least 10 cm and a crown. In the cup, in turn, the branches and leaves will be found. Trees can also produce flowers and fruits.

Trees can live for thousands of years and some, like redwoods, can reach heights greater than 100 meters.

Trees are very important to the environment: they are a fundamental component of the natural landscape, they produce the oxygen we breathe in the atmosphere, they help reduce carbon dioxide, they prevent erosion and their foliage offers protection against inclement weather.

The human being uses trees for agriculture and landscaping, as they produce fruits and give beauty to the landscape. Wood, for its part, is appreciated for construction and as a source of energy.

Trees are constantly threatened, as they are exploited immoderately by man, thus destroying forests and animal habitats.

Likewise, the tree is also used as a concept or tool by various disciplines of knowledge to illustrate different things, as well as for some world religions, for which the tree is one of the essential elements of their cosmogony.

Tree of Life

It is known by the name of the tree of life, an archetypal element that appears in many mythologies around the world, and that has a sacred meaning, hence it has a great religious tradition.

For the Judeo-Christian doctrine collected in the Bible, it represents the tree of knowledge, forbidden to Adam and Eve. Mesoamerican cultures relate it to an element that connects the planes of the underworld and the sky with the terrestrial plane. Other pre-Hispanic cultures, such as the Piaroas of the Amazon rainforest, for example, see Mount Autana as the mythical tree of all fruits.

The expression "tree of life" was also used by Charles Darwin in reference to the tree that shows the evolutionary relationships between different species.

Christmas tree

The Christmas tree is a symbolic and decorative element with which the arrival of Christmas is celebrated. It is adorned with lights, colored balls, foam, garlands and ribbons, and is topped with a star, representing the star of Bethlehem.

Christmas trees can be natural plants (especially conifers) or artificial, when they are made of plastic or other synthetic materials. Its lights are said to represent the light that Jesus brought into the world when he was born.

See also Christmas tree.

Family tree

Genealogical trees or family trees are graphic representations of the relationships between the different members of a family. They are constructed as a tree-structured diagram.

These types of trees are made in order to know how a family is constituted, which are the ancestors of an individual, which are their descendants and their peers. In this sense, they allow us to better understand the roots and past of a family.

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