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Mandi from Erie
Here are a few Celtic meanings for various trees that I found on the web. Don't stop here, though, there are many sources:
More importantly than giving a tree based on a mythical meaning, make sure you choose one that is suitable to the new couple's landscape and hardiness zone. Maybe there is a specific type of tree than holds special significance to them.
Personally, I love apples trees. They give the gift of flowers in the spring and the gift of food in the fall. Plus, they look great in the landscape all year long. A book filled with family "apple" recipes would also make a nice shower gift. And don't forget to top off this gift with a sturdy apple peeler.
Oh, an apple or plum tree if they have the yard space. Fruit symbolizes fertility and abundance, and they could enjoy it for years to come! Maybe you'll get pies or jam too ;)
My favorite "Tree" poem has always been:
( How true only God can make a tree & a marriage)
This is a beautiful poem that will go with any tree that you chose. Just type in "Poem on Trees" in Google and you should get a copy of it. It wouldn't let me copy & paste for you. I agree that a Redbud or Dogwood are great gifts. You might also ask a nurseryman what they might reccommend since they have such a large selection to chose from. Best wishes to your brother & his future bride.
P.S. I would NOT reccommend a Bradford Pear, although beautiful in the Spring and Fall, the limbs are very weak and any heavy snow or high winds breaks large branches out of them often.
I suggest a dwarf fruit tree if they are to live in a neighborhood of some sort. Preferably an apple tree or cherry. They are two of the easiest to deal with. If they are going to live in a rural area such as I do... I suggest a healthy sturdy oak tree. Because I always wish that the newly married or to be married couple will have a marriage as strong and sturdy and long lasting as an oak tree. And like my marriage. I have always compared it to an oak tree. I also like the red bud idea, however.. they aren't as strong as other trees.
A redbud tree has heart- shaped leaves and beautiful flowers in the spring.