What is the Symbolism of a Pear Tree?

Pears growing on the branch of a tree.
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Fruit-bearing trees are symbols of physical and spiritual nourishment and fertility. They have been central to religion and culture dating back to the biblical reference of Adam and Eve and the "tree of life." While the symbolism associated with pear trees varies slightly from culture to culture, in some form, it invariably stands for life and longevity.

1 Fertility

The shape of the pear is suggestive of the feminine form. As such, it has wide influence as a symbol of feminine sexuality and fertility. A healthy and flowering pear tree is a symbol of a strong capacity for reproduction. As a result, it also represents motherhood. A pear tree laden with fruit is a promise that birth, growth and longevity will be bestowed upon a newborn child.

2 Immortality

Because it can produce fruits for decades, the pear tree also represents longevity and comfort. In Christianity, the pear tree frequently appears in connection with Jesus Christ and alludes to His love for mankind. It epitomizes the Christian promise of salvation and eternal life. Similarly, the ancient Chinese believed that the pear tree was a symbol of immortality. The destruction of a pear tree, in turn, symbolized tragic, unexpected death.

Mike Gonyea served as an account manager and strategic planner at a Detroit advertising agency for 20 years. He has covered automotive finance, state and local government and interfaith issues for publications and websites including “The Detroit News,” American Thinker and A Common Word.