Foxglove trees as baby gifts in Japan

August 01, 2018

Foxglove trees as baby gifts in Japan

A fairy tale history the foxglove tree tradition

The elite families of Japan, China, and Korea were once known to plant several foxglove trees upon the birth of a girl. In Japan, this tradition dates back to 200 AD. When the daughter is ready to marry, they cut down the tree and make a dowry chest, furniture and other items out of it for wedding gifts. Ancient lore foretold that if people planted a foxglove tree near their house, the legendary Phoenix would come across their land and bring prosperity and wisdom to them.

The foxglove trees have qualities that are almost magical, and one can see how those qualities could reflect the hopes of young parents for their baby girl as she grows into adulthood. The trees:

  • are one of the fastest growing trees in the world.
  • produces light and exceptionally strong timber.
  • can grow from small cracks in pavements and walls.
  • can survive wildfire because the roots can regenerate new, very fast-growing stems.

Interesting foxglove tree facts:

  • Foxglove trees are still popular among modern gardeners who covet large-foliaged and "architectural" plants.
  • The smooth finish and exceptional resonance makes it an ideal wood for creating musical instruments.
  • Fragrant flowers emerge before the enormous leaves in early spring.
  • The soft, lightweight seeds were commonly used as a packing material by Chinese porcelain exporters in the 19th century
  • The foxglove tree is also known as the kiri tree, paulownia tree, empress tree, or princess tree.

Thoughtful baby gift

Rather than giving new parents an actual foxglove tree, consider gifting this exceptional Imari plate with a foxglove pattern. This would be a truly thoughtful gift for a little princess!

 imari foxglove tree plate