To me trees are some of the most magical “creatures” on this planet. Just walking in a forest, touching a tree, meditating beneath it or even drinking its tea or eating the fruit can be a magical experience.
Any part of a tree can be used in magick: the bark, the wood, the roots, the leaves, the flower and the fruit. Properties may be different (for example, the orange flower is used in love spells, while the fruit is used for protection).
Below you will find a list of trees and their magick properties. If only a part of the tree or only a certain ritual applies to a certain property you will find it in brackets. After this list you will find a short list of purposes (which trees to use in love spells, protection, etc).
Remember that this article is being constantly updated. If you have anything to add or have any question (including about trees not listed here) add it in the comments. Let’s make this an interactive reference.
Note: what distinguishes a tree from a shrub and a shrub from a flower/herb is somewhat open to discussion. Check out the Book of Shadows if what you are looking for is not on this list, it may be under herbs.
Ordered by Plant
Alder – sacred tree for the Air (as a dream catcher or whistle can attract air elementals and the wind), healing, spirituality
Apple – divination (particularly water divination), love, protection, youth (fruit), longevity (fruit), beauty (flower and fruit), as cider can replace blood and wine in spells that call for these ingredients
Apricot – love, romance, happiness (fruit)
Ash – tree used for good luck and good things in general, frequently used as wood for magical staff, guidance (leaves placed under the pillow), healing, protection
Birch – love, purification
Blackthorn – repel or punish people, make voodoo-like puppets, banish
Camphor – sexual desire
Cedar – sacred for the Earth element, can attract elementals and energy, healing, grounding
Cherry – burned in festivals (leaves and wood), brings happiness (fruit), beauty (fruit and flower)
Elder – is used both to bless and curse, considered a very magical plant, prosperity, purification, being under the elder during Midsummer allows to see the Little People
Fir – protection, burned during birth to protect the mother and the baby (leaves)
Hazel – protection (draw a circle with a branch), healing (wands), forked branch can be used to find water or treasures, hazels will attract fairies
Holly – divination, fertility, protection (when planted close to a house repels negative magick), sexual attraction (when men carry a bag of berries they will attract more women)
Hibiscus – love (flower), sexual desire (flower)
Juniper – banish
Laurel – divination, inspiration, protection, removing barriers
Linden – purification
Oak (any kind) - strength, power, male fertility (acorn), protection from evil (acorn), bringing good luck, purification, longevity, ideal wood for wands as it generally empowers spells and rituals, sun and male magick (counterpart to the willow) – also see my extended article about the Lore, Magick and Healing Properties of the Oak Tree
Orange – love (flower), protection (fruit)
Pine – fertility, money, prosperity
Pomegranate – beauty, divination, longevity, relationships/wedding (fruit)
Poplar – astral projection
Walnut – divination, wood can be used for wands or staffs, fertility
Willow – profetic dreams (sitting below it will give inspiration and vision), fertility, healing, love, moon and female magick (counterpart to the oak), grants wishes
Yew – death and rebirth, used to make athames, used to remember the dead and placed in graves, very sacred tree
According to purpose
Note: in this list I will only include the trees that in my experience or the experience of people I know are the most powerful for each purpose. I also only list the most common purposes, if you don’t find what you are looking for see the list above which has a lot more detail.
Divination and Guidance: apple tree (make apple water by filling a bowl with water, placing some apple petals and then stare at the water under the full moon so that the moon fills the bowl to get a vision), willow (sit amidst its branches and meditate to get guidance)
Fertility: oak (acorns in particular, carried by men increases their sexual power) and willow (women can use branches as a necklace during relationships )
Healing and Purification: using the appropriate herb according to its medicinal properties, along with apples (eating the fruit for longevity and youth); for purification laurel (burn the leaves and let the fumes fill the room)
Love: apple (share an apple with the loved one), pomegranate (eat a fruit grain by grain, don’t let any grain fall and keep thinking of the person you love – this is for long term relationships, beware)
Prosperity: oak (burry three acorns), ash (plant one in your garden or in a field if you don’t have a garden)
Protection and Banishing: holly (plant one in your home to protect against negative energies), laurel (burn leaves to remove any obstacles, including people), blackthorn (a plant that should only be used to banish, many witches consider it a negative plant and avoid using it)