The cherry tree myth is the most well-known and longest enduring legend about George Washington. In the original story, when Washington was six years old he received a hatchet as a gift and damaged his father’s cherry tree. When his father discovered what he had done, he became angry and confronted him. Young George bravely said, “I cannot tell a lie…I did cut it with my hatchet.” Washington’s father embraced him and rejoiced that his son’s honesty was worth more than a thousand trees.
"Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree."
- Martin Luther (1483-1546)
Druids have a long association with the oak tree, with the word DRUID most likely being derived from the ancient Celtic word for oak, and in part meaning “knower of oak trees” Mistletoe, which can grow on oak trees was also worshipped by the druids, as they believed it to have fallen from heaven, and was blessed with healing properties. Because of this, many ancient forests house oaks that became known as DRUID OAKS.
Alder helps you face up to the things you've been avoiding.
It also was believed that Alder allowed access into the faery realms.
Alder tree essence is invigorating, and it also reduces nervousness and anxiety.
Because it was the source of fine strongly colored dyes, it was associated with the art of fabric making and the Goddesses of spinning. Alder reminds us of the need to blend strength and courage with generosity of spirit and compassion.
The Ash tree has always been given mystical import and character, frequently being associated with healing and enchantment. In Celtic literature, there are many references to the Ash tree, but in particular it is associated with the Welsh Magician-God Gwyddion, who bears an Ash staff/wand, a symbol of healing and especially transformation and empowerment in matters of destiny
Celtics regarded it as the tree of life. They used it against hexes and magic helping growth. Because they also regarded it as witch twig in Germany during the night of Valpurga it was hanged on the stables' gates to scare off malefic witches. Animals screamed because they were slapped with it for the sake of its well being and growth.
According to tradition the trojan horse was made of maple tree. The epos says that the horse causing the unobtainable Troy's destruction was made by Epeios under the advice of Odysseus, with the help of the godess, Athene.
In Norse mythology, Thor gave peas to humans as a punishment, not a gift. One version of the legend says that he sent flying dragons to use them to fill up and foul all of the wells on earth. The dragons were a little clumsy though, and some of the peas landed on fertile ground, giving the people a new vegetable. To calm and flatter the even angrier Thor, the mortals dedicated the vegetable to him and ate peas only on his day, Thursday. The hammer-wielding Thor was not one of the kinder gods – anger was the main feature of his…um, rather unstable personality and destruction was his specialty!
In the roman mythology elm is the tree of the godess, Juno. During the war against the cimbrians in Nuceria town according to senior Plinius the stubbed elm tree laying over the altar of Juno in the gardens devoted to her recovered by its own strength and bursted into bloom immediately restoring the authority of Rome.