Plant these types of trees for good luck
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Plants and trees can add color and shade to your property – but did you know that there are certain species that are believed to bring luck, wealth and prosperity?
According to the principles of Feng Shui, some varieties, known as “luck” plants, are believed to attract good energy into a space. Outdoor trees can act as a protective barrier against negative energy and noise, while indoor plants can bring harmony into your home. So what trees should you add to your home and landscape?
Traditional “luck” plants and trees
Bamboo tree. In many Asian cultures, bamboo is a symbol of resilience, strength and good luck. It is believed to bring luck, prosperity and harmony.
Money tree. This is perhaps the most popular plant of all, and is often associated with bringing wealth, prosperity and good luck in feng shui practices.
Japanese pine tree. The pine tree is revered in Japanese culture and symbolizes longevity, resilience and good luck.
Orange and citrus trees. These trees, especially in Chinese culture, are associated with prosperity and good luck. During the Lunar New Year, oranges are exchanged as a symbol of good luck and wealth.
Ficus tree. In many cultures, the Ficus tree is believed to bring luck, happiness, and positive energy into a space.
Olive Tree. The olive tree symbolizes peace, wisdom and prosperity and is considered lucky in various cultures. It is often associated with good luck.
As an arborist, I also consider native plants to be “lucky” varieties because they are more resilient, hardy, and require less maintenance than other plants and trees. They will likely be able to tolerate changing temperatures, weather patterns, and local conditions better than “outdoor plants” brought into your garden. So what are the “lucky” trees in the peninsula area?
“Lucky” native plants and trees.
California buckeye tree. This native tree shows remarkable resilience due to its ability to adapt to diverse soil types and its ability to withstand periodic drought conditions in our region. Its deep root system and ability to withstand a range of environmental factors contribute to its strength, allowing it to thrive on the peninsula.
Vanilla bush. Not only is the vanilla bush resistant to fire, it also has the ability to regenerate quickly after wildfires. Its deep root system and drought-tolerant habits contribute to its ability to withstand the changing conditions of the region, making it more suitable than many other plants in the region.
Milkweed. This plant can thrive in different soil types. They also play a vital role in supporting local ecosystems, so other species are lucky to have them too! Milkweed is known for its ability to perform well in both sunny and shaded areas, proving that its resilience to growing conditions is one of its strongest factors.
Red buckwheat. Red buckwheat is a very strong choice for well-drained, nutrient-poor soil areas due to its ability to withstand the region’s challenging climate conditions. It is drought tolerant, contributes to soil stabilization and plays a crucial role in supporting local wildlife.
The hummingbird is wise. Drought tolerance and the ability to thrive in different light conditions make this plant very resilient. Its aromatic leaves provide a natural deterrent against animals, and protect other nearby native species.
George Reno is a local arborist at Davey Tree Expert Company in Menlo Park, which serves communities on the Peninsula, including Menlo Park, Atherton, Palo Alto and Redwood City. Reno can be reached at 866-923-5658.