Published June 2015  •  Updated September 2022  •  Read Time: 8 minutes
Tree Agate is a beautiful white and green stone.  Scientifically, this is actually an opaque white chalcedony with green dendrite, but the name Tree Agate rolls off the tongue a little easier.  It is a twin to Moss Agate, the only difference being the level of translucency.  Tree Agate has a sensible and resilient energy.  It helps us to stay grounded, while also remaining flexible, so that we can survive all the storms of life.  Its energy evokes tree magic, making it ideal for nature spells, garden grids, or as a unique wood element in feng shui.  Tree Agate reminds us that we are part of nature and that we are healthy and happy when we live in balance.

Tree Agate

Tree Agate Meaning

Spiritual Healing Properties

Tree Agate helps us to attain true inner peace and maintain it despite the occasional chaos inherent in life. It helps us to let go of our own ego and spiritual arrogance and instead recognize that we are all connected to the same universal vibration. Tree Agate helps connect our conscious self with the Angelic Realms and can help us deepen meditation. It can also be used to attract devas and other nature spirits to our garden or to serve as spirit guides.

Metaphysical Properties Tree Agate
Chakra Root, Heart and Crown
Element Earth
Numerology 2 and 7
Zodiac Gemini and Scorpio

Emotional Healing Properties

Tree Agate is a wonderful stone for anyone seeking courage because it inspires us to cultivate real strength and resiliency. It reminds us that we are strong and can weather any storm with grace and dignity, if we maintain our flexibility while also staying grounded. Tree Agate is an especially good stone for anyone who sometimes feels powerless, but is ready to stand up for themselves. This makes it a particularly beneficial stone for children who have been emotionally traumatized and need to heal and grow strong.

Mental Healing Properties

Tree Agate awakens the warrior within us, allowing us to accurately assess situations and deal with them in the most appropriate manner. It encourages us to be spontaneous and open to creative inspiration. Tree Agate is especially good at helping us to analyze the link between our emotions and our physical body, making us more fully conscious in our decisions and aware of their effects. Tree Agate also reminds us to surround ourselves with positive people and to work together towards the common good. It is a particularly helpful stone for anyone involved in conservation or social justice.

Physical Healing Properties

Tree Agate is a fantastic all-around healing stone whenever we need to regain a sense of stability and control.  It offers gentle grounding that is firm without being harsh.  It helps us to calm down when adrenalin and cortisol are hyper-activated and our fight/flight instincts are engaged.  Tree Agate reminds us to slow down, think logically and identify what we can do to make life easier in the short-term and long-term.  It is an excellent talisman for issues involving biochemistry and the immune system, particularly autoimmune disorders that are activated by stress.  Tree Agate can also be used to gently amplify the energy of other crystals.

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Tree Agate Mineralogy

Where does Tree Agate come from?

Agates are found all over the world. The variety called Tree Agate is a type of opaque green Dendritic Agate found mainly in Botswana and India.

Mining and Treatments

Tree Agate is mined in it’s primary deposit in association with the igneous rock in which it formed.  Agates are common minerals that not valuable enough to be the primary focus of any large-scale mining operation.  It is however commonly mined in tandem with other precious metals and minerals in small-scale and artisanal mines, especially if the stones are particularly colorful or distinctive.  Agates are also found in alluvial deposits, sometimes completely loose loose and already naturally polished in rivers and on beaches.  Agates are usually ball or almond-shaped nodules ranging in size from a fraction of an inch to several yards in diameter.  If the Agate fills the entire hollow space left by the gas bubble, it is called an Agate Almond.  If a hollow remains in the center, it is called an Agate Geode.

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Mineral Family

Tree Agate is a silicate mineral.  Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). There are six main groups of Silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Feldspar. Quartz is divided into two main groups, macrocrystalline and microcrystalline.  Macrocrystalline quartz has well-formed crystals that are large enough to be seen by the naked eye, for example, Amethyst or Clear Quartz.  Microcrystalline quartz has crystals so small they can only be seen through a microscope.  These are typically grouped together under the name Chalcedony, or it’s subcategories Agate and Jasper.  Microcrystalline quartz can be colorless or appear in every shade of the rainbow.

Tree Agate’s energy works well with its family – other Agates.  Try it in combination with Apricot AgateBlue Lace AgateBotswana AgateCrazy Lace AgateDendritic Agate, Fire Agate, Gray AgateMoss Agate, and Sardonyx

Tree Agate Formation and Crystal Associates

Agates are created after a volcanic explosion has transformed magma and lava into igneous rock. During the cooling down period, various gases form bubbles, which then become hollow spaces in the igneous rock.  Agates are formed long afterwards, when silica-bearing water permeates the rocks and begins to fill the hollow spaces.  Sometimes the hollow fills quickly and the resulting Agate is a solid color or has a random scattering of trace inclusions.  Depending on which inclusions are added, the Agate will take on a variety of different colors, patterns and transparency levels. In the case of Tree Agate, the organic green dendritic patterns is caused by inclusions of manganese, iron and/or chrome.

Tree Agate’s energy works well with its “friends” – crystal associates formed in the same geological environment.  Try it in combination with Snow Quartz

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Mineralogy Tree Agate
Chemical Formula SiO2
Cleavage None
Color Green and white
Crystal System Hexagonal/trigonal
Form/Habit Cryptocrystalline
Fracture Conchoidal
Hardness – Mohs Scale 7
Luminescence Green (long wave) / Yellowish-white (short wave)
Luster Vitreous
Mineral Family Tectosilicate
Specific Gravity 2.
Streak White
Transparency Translucent to opaque

Tree Agate vs Moss Agate

Moss Agate and Tree Agate are essentially the same mineral, both have a mixture of chalcedony and green dendritic.  The difference is that Moss Agate are often translucent and the green may be interspersed with colorless or pale blue silica.  Tree Agate is always fully opaque and typically white and green.

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History of Tree Agate

Agate has one of the oldest historical traditions of any healing stone. It is included in virtually every known lapidary, texts which describe gemstones and their powers. Archaeological evidence amply shows that Agates have been treasured since the very earliest times. Agates have been found in many Stone Age graves and appear to have been kept either for their beauty or, perhaps, for their energetic power. Early lapidaries, dating as far back as 3000 BCE, referenced seals, rings, beads, and other ornaments which were carved out of Agate. The Sumerians were the first to describe the power of stones, and their texts state that wearing Agate gave a person special favor with the gods.

The name “Agate” was first used by the Greek writer Theophrastus (372-287 BCE). He wrote that all Agates came from a Sicilian river then called the Achates River, and today known as the Dirillo River. Agates are still found along this river today. In the 1st century, Pliny the Elder (23-79 CE) repeated Theophrastus’ claim and further stated that looking at Agate rested the eyes and that sucking on a piece of Agate could quench thirst. As a result of these beliefs, Agate was still being prescribed by druggists for treating eye conditions as recently as the early 20th century.

Dendritic Agate, Moss Agate and Tree Agate are all variations of the same stone.  Moss Agate and Tree Agate have green dendrites, while Dendritic Agate typically has black or brown hues, although other colors are also possible. The word “dendritic” is a scientific term meaning “to branch like trees.”  Tree Agate has vivid green patterns on a pure white opaque stone.

Tree Agate doesn’t have any historical stories or symbols associated with it, but trees have long served as symbols of growth, longevity, wisdom and prosperity.  Scared grooves and trees have special religious importance within many cultures, historical and modern.  Just like crystals, each type of tree has its own meaning and magic.  In the Celtic world, seven trees,  Alder, Apple, Ash, Elder, Hazel, Oak and Yew. were considered sacred.  They were revered for their own spiritual or medicinal power or because they were the homes of powerful nature spirits.  Today, modern witches often choose a wand based on the type of wood.  Apple wood is fantastic for a wand used for healing and love spells, while Maple wood ensures that there is always sweetness as well as strength in the magic.

In several modern countries, inclduing Ethiopia, India, and West Africa there are still sacred forests today.  In India, most of the forests are associated with various Hindu deities, but there are also grooves venerated by local Islamic and Buddhist communities.  For centuries these forests were protected by tradition, rather than by law.  But in 2002, protection for the Sacred Grooves was formally added to India’s Wildlife Protection Act.  In the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahadeo Church leaders believe that churches need to be surrounded by sacred forests.  Most of Ethiopia’s forests have been cut down to make room for agricultural land.  Only 4% of the original forests remain, most of it “Church Forests.”  In West Africa, only 20% of the original forest remain, protected as sacred forests where local communities protect the area from reckless activity.  Like the ancient Celts, modern West Africans believe that the forests are home to nature spirits and that wood can be carefully harvested to make bocio, wood carvings that have magical powers.  Due to the transatlantic slave trade, the belief in bocio carvings was taken to the New World to become the voodoo fetishes and dolls in Haiti and Louisiana.