Birth, life and death are the big concepts, and trees have long been used to symbolise them. Tree planting is important to many cultures and is a beautiful, simple, and commemorative act.
The tradition of planting a tree for a newborn goes way back. It symbolises strength and future promise. As the child grows and flourishes, so does the tree.
An heirloom tree, as the name suggests, is something to pass on through your family. As such, the best heirloom trees are ones that are long-living and usually this means they are slow growing. Some of the classic choices are Magnolia Grandeflora and English Oaks - large, grand, and stately trees. But it doesn't have to be such a grand statement – even a potted shrub could do the job. It's all about endowing something with sentimental value just like a dedication or ceremony.