Types of Trees to Plant in Memory of Someone

Each one of us is uniquely individual, with different personalities, traits, and behaviours. Over the last 30 years, psychologists have found that personalities coalesce around the ‘Big Five’, with varying levels of agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, extroversion and openness to experience.   


Contrary to common perception, some would argue that trees have just as much character as humans do. Trees are known to have vibrant inner lives and certainly appear to have individual personalities.   


Most people are familiar with traditional burial and cremation practices, such as using a cemetery or storing the ashes in an urn. However, in recent years, eco-friendly or green alternatives have grown in popularity. An increasing number of people want to go back to nature after they die.   


What if the ashes of your loved ones could live on through trees? What if we could reconnect with the natural beauty created by life rather than with what has been lost? That’s what we wish to give to you at Mornington Green.   


Are you wondering what tree to plant in memory of someone? Or do you want to become a tree? We’ve listed below our most popular trees.  

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom  

Beautiful and optimistic, the quintessential Cherry Blossom captivates their admirers in the springtime with their blossoming double-pink flowers. People travel across the globe to catch sight of them in bloom. 


Origin: Japan  


Average Height: 6-12m  


Maintenance: Cherry Blossoms also thrive after being fertilised in spring. They prefer shade when flowering and need to be watered particularly as they re-leaf. 


Does it Bear Fruit: Cherry Blossom trees produce small cherries too sour for humans but perfect for birds. Their leaves are often used in teas and other beverages. 


Colours: Soft pink 


Season: Spring  


Corresponding Birthday: October 23 to November 21 – Scorpio 


Crepe Myrtle

Creative and passionate, Crepe Myrtles boast beautiful clusters flowers throughout the summer, guaranteeing a long-lasting show for the birds to feed on and humans to admire.


Origin: China  


Average Height: 8-9m  


Maintenance: Crepe Myrtles need at least 6 hours of sunlight a day to thrive, but are easy to care for. Make sure to water well when young and avoid over-pruning.  


Does it Bear Fruit: They have seeds perfect for birds, but aren’t eaten by humans. 


Colours: Pink, white, red and deep mauve 


Season: Summer  


Corresponding Birthday: January 20 to February 18 – Aquarius 


English oak

English Oak 

Noble, strong, and intuitive, the English Oak puts on a show throughout the autumn as their lobed leaves turn gorgeous reds and yellows. Depending on where they are planted, they can attract small animals like squirrels or even deer.  


Origin: United Kingdom  


Average Height: 20m  


Maintenance: English Oaks like full sun exposure and moist soil. It doesn’t need much pruning, and will naturally develop its iconic shape. 


Does it Bear Fruit: English Oaks produce small acorns. 


Colours: Green that turns to autumn reds and yellows 


Season: Autumn   

Acer Trident Maple

Flame tree

Charismatic and passionate, the Illawarra Flame Tree displays fiery-red bell-shaped flowers during the early summer. A multitude of small birds and even butterflies make home in these trees. A standout tree to plant in memory of someone who is unforgettable.  


Origin: Australia  


Average Height: 10-14m  


Maintenance: Flame trees need watering when young, but grow strong enough to withstand drought when mature. They do the best in full sun. 


Does it Bear Fruit: No, but they do produce seeds that can be eaten once cooked. 


Colours: Fiery red 


Season: Summer  


Corresponding Birthday: December 22 to January 19 – Capricorn 

Crab Apple

Flowering Crab Apple  

Loving and poetic, the Flowering Crab Apple displays delicate, fragrant, double-pink flowers towards the end of spring. Their smell can resemble apple blossoms, or even cinnamon.  


Origin: Central Asia  


Average Height: 4-8m 


Maintenance: After adolescence, Flowering Crab Apples require little maintenance. They don’t need to be watered or vigorously pruned.  


Does it Bear Fruit: Some Crab Apple trees produce fruit perfect for jam and sauces.  


Colours: White to pink flowering 


Season: Spring  


Corresponding Birthday: November 22 to December 21- Sagittarius  



Tenacious and hopeful, the Gingko displays fan-shaped leaves turned beautiful hues of gold throughout autumn.   


Origin: China  


Average Height: 10-14m  


Maintenance: Gingko trees can tolerate strong drought, wind and even air pollution. They prefer moist soil, and do well in both partial shade or full sun. 


Does it Bear Fruit: The Gingko tree produces biloba fruit from summer to autumn. However, if the smell when opened isn’t enough to turn you off, don’t eat it raw! Gingko fruit requires cooking and moderated consumption 


Colours: Golden yellow throughout autumn 


Season: Autumn   


Corresponding Birthday: April 19 to May 20 – Taurus 


Golden Wattle

Bright and warm, Golden Wattles are the perfect choice to represent a golden person in your life. They have a strong connection with Australia, with a long history of Indigenous use and celebration.


Origin: South East Australia 


Average Height: 3-8m 


Maintenance: Golden Wattles need watering and pruning while young, but are mostly self sufficient after maturity. They do best in full or partial sun. 


Does it Bear Fruit: Yes! Golden Wattles produce dark brown fruit often used for perfume. 


Colours: Gold 


Season: late winter to early spring 



Wise, idealistic and lucky, Jacarandas display clusters of delicate purple bell-shaped flowers during the late summer. A great tree to plant in memory of someone known for a love of the colour purple.  


Origin: South America  


Average Height: 10-15m  


Maintenance: Jacarandas should be shielded from strong wind. They are mostly tolerant to drought, however they do benefit from regular watering during summer. 


Does it Bear Fruit: Jacaranda trees are poisonous and none of the tree, including its fruit, should be consumed. 


Colours: Lilac 


Season: Summer  

Japanese maple

Japanese Maple

Peaceful and bold, the Japanese Maple boasts elegantly cut leaves that turn a brilliant bright crimson during the autumn.  


Origin: Japan  


Average Height: 1-7m  


Maintenance: Japanese Maples are extremely easy to care for. They do not require much pruning, just make sure to water them adequately in summer months. 


Does it Bear Fruit: They produce samaras, which are sometimes used raw in salads. 


Colours: Changes from green to red 


Season: Autumn   


Corresponding Birthday: March 20 to April 18 – Aries 


Ornamental Pear

Hopeful and resilient, the Ornamental Pear boasts delicate clusters of white flowers during spring. They tend to attract bees and other small insects. 


Origin: China and Vietnam  


Average Height: 7m  


Maintenance: Generally, Ornamental Pears like lots of sunlight and regular watering. Some species are easily damaged, so they should be kept out of areas with strong wind. 


Does it Bear Fruit: Despite being similar to other pears, Ornamental Pear fruit isn’t edible to humans, but often attracts birds. 


Colours: White 


Season: Spring  

Yellow Gum

Pink Flowering Yellow Gum

Loyal and passionate, the Yellow Gum boasts beautiful scarlet flowers during the winter. This is a popular Australian choice of tree to plant in memory of someone. 


Origin: Australia  


Average Height: 10-30m  


Maintenance: While Yellow Gums aren’t too difficult to maintain, they are prone to some diseases. In particular, to prevent powdery mildew in winter, the leaves should be watered in winter. 


Does it Bear Fruit: This tree has no edible fruit. 


Colours: Pink and Red flowering variants 


Season: Winter  


Corresponding Birthday: August 23 to September 22 – Virgo 

qld kauri

Queensland Kauri

Confident and strong, the Queensland Kauri towers high above the surrounding landscape, captivating all with its molting, smooth bark. 


Origin: Queensland  


Average Height: 50m  


Maintenance: These trees like medium watering, warmth and direct or diffused sunlight. 


Does it Bear Fruit: Queensland Kauri’s produce an edible pine fruit that has an acidic, pineapple-mango taste. 


Colours: Green 


Season: Winter 

Redbud Flower


Bubbly and spontaneous, this gorgeous tree is a perfect tribute to someone who is carefree and happy. Its happiness is infectious, with the tree attracting various birds to it during its flowering months.  


Origin: North America 


Average Height: 6m 


Maintenance: Redbud trees like full sun and well drained soil. 


Does it Bear Fruit: Redbud flowers are edible both raw and cooked! 


Colours: Pink, White 


Season: Spring 


Sweet Gum

Optimistic and strong, the Sweet Gum features distinguishable lobed-leaves that turn brilliant shades of purples, reds, and oranges during autumn. When scratched, they produce a golden, sweet-smelling sap. 


Origin: North America and Asia  


Average Height: 15-20m  


Maintenance: Aside from fertiliser every few years, Sweet Gum trees need little care. They are especially drought resistant, and don’t need to be watered past maturity. 


Does it Bear Fruit: Sweet Gums produce small, spiky fruit that cannot be eaten. 


Colours: Purple, red and orange 


Season: Autumn   


Corresponding Birthday: May 21 to June 20 – Gemini 

Trident Flower

Trident Maple

Unique and strong, the Trident Maple represents endurance. It’s three-pronged leaves turn bronze-red in the fall as a symbol of vitality. 


Origin: Eastern China, Taiwan and Japan 


Average Height: 6-10m 


Maintenance: Trident Maples do well in the heat, but must have partial shade at temperatures above 32° celsius.  


Does it Bear Fruit: This tree has no edible fruit. 


Colours: Bronze-red 


Season: Fall 

Tulip Magnolia

Tulip Magnolia

Wise and compassionate, the elegant Tulip Magnolia displays beautiful goblet-shaped deep-purple flowers during the early spring. Their smell is somewhat spicy, reminiscent of other Magnolia flowers. 


Origin: Asia, North America and West Indies  


Average Height: 4.5-6m  


Maintenance: Like other Magnolias, Tulip Magnolias like to be mulched in spring to ensure health throughout the year. They should be watered regularly in adolescence.  


Does it Bear Fruit: This tree has no edible fruit. 


Colours: Deep purple 


Season: Spring  


Corresponding Birthday: September 23 to October 22 – Libra 

White Magnolia

White Magnolia  

Exquisite and stunning, the White Magnolia has large, cup-shaped, and fragrant flowers that are pure white in color. Its glossy, dark green leaves provide a striking contrast to the delicate blooms, creating a mesmerizing display.


Origin: China and Japan


Average Height: 10 m


Maintenance: White Magnolias prefer well-draining soil that is consistently moist, but not waterlogged. Water deeply once or twice a week during dry spells, and make sure the soil around the tree stays evenly moist.


Does it Bear Fruit: White Magnolia produces cone-shaped fruit but is primarily valued for its showy flowers.


Colours: White 


Season: Mid-spring


Wollemi Pine

Mysterious and dark, the Wollemi Pine is one of the rarest plants in the world. This tree can represent someone both curious and caring, as the plant is currently endangered.  


Origin: New South Wales 


Average Height: 40m 


Maintenance: Wollemi Pines like frequent watering, especially in the summer months. They can also be pruned heavily without detriment. 


Does it Bear Fruit: This tree has no edible fruit. 


Colours: Green 


Season: Spring 

Mornington Green Legacy Gardens  

Becoming a tree in Mornington Green is one way of minimising environmental impact while also paying tribute to the deceased’s legacy in a lasting, touching way. Our botanical memorial gardens serves as a peaceful final resting place for those who prefer trees over headstones.  


Mornington Green utilises Living Legacy’s patented scientific process where people’s cremated ashes are infused into a tree. Thus, the ashes of the deceased continue to live on through the trees, and their loved ones can visit the tree as it grows and blossoms. 

All of the trees featured on this page are grown at Mornington Green’s Legacy Garden. If one speaks to you, Contact us today to learn more.