Petrified Palm Wood

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Mineralogy of Petrified PalmWood

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Petrified Palm Wood, Java, Indonesia

Rock Type: Fossil, Mineral Preservation

Color: Brown, Black
Gravity: 2.58-2.91
Hardness: 6.5-7
Luminescence: Unknown
Texture: Bark/wood texture, vitreous when polished
Transparency: Opaque

Location: Various species of palm trees have at one time covered most of the earth, and so fossilized palm wood has been found in numerous locations.  However, the largest deposits are located in Argentina, Egypt, Germany, Indonesia, Libya, and the United States (Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, Texas and Washington). 

petrified palm wood map

Rock Type: Petrified Palm Wood is a fossil, a remnant or impression of an organism which lived in the past. Fossils come in many different forms and, depending on what is being preserved, the fossilization process can also be very different. In the case of Petrified Palm Wood, the wood is completely replaced by minerals. In fact, the mineralization process can be so exacting that it literally replaces the wood with minerals on a cell by cell basis. As a result the detail of the original organism is preserved exactly.   


Petrified Palm Wood, Trunks, Libyan Sahara

Formation: Petrified Palm Wood is the fossilized remains of ancient trees which flourished millions of years ago. Typically when a tree dies, it decomposes relatively quickly, leaving no trace behind. But occasionally, a tree may fall into a river or be swept away in a flood. When this happens there is a chance that the tree may be quickly covered with fine-grained sedimentary materials, such as clay or ash. As the wood decomposes, its outer structure is preserved and replaced by various silica minerals found in the sediment, including Jasper, Chalcedony, and less frequently, Opal. While any tree can potentially be fossilized, Petrified Palm Woods is from various extinct genus of palm tree that lived anywhere from the Cretaceous Era and the Oligocene Epoch (145.5 – 33 million years ago.) Petrified Palm Wood has spots and tapering lines, rather than the tree ring circles of other types of Petrified Wood.  The spots and lines are due to the rod like structure in the grain of the palm wood. 

Mining: Typically mined from the primary deposits which still have their original relationship with the host rock. In some locations, whole trunks may be found.

Enhancements: All tumbled Petrified Palm Wood on the market is fully natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.

Synonyms: Palmoxylon

Map courtesy of TravelBlog
Photos: Petrified PalmWood Round, Petrified Palm Wood Trunks

History of Petrified Palm Wood

palm treePetrified Palm Wood is a relatively “new” stone on the market and so is not included in ancient, medieval or most modern lapidaries, texts which describe gemstones and their powers.  Native Americans use Petrified Palm Wood to make arrow-heads and spears, as well as knives and other tools. Unfortunately, any indigenous legends connected to Petrified Palm Wood have been lost or were never recorded.  Today, Petrified Palm Wood is the official “state stone” of Texas and the “state fossil” for Louisiana.  The word “petrified” comes from the Greek petra meaning “rock”.

Petrified Palm Wood is from various extinct genus of palm trees that lived between the Cretaceous Era (when dinosaurs roamed the earth) to the Oligocene Epoch (rise of the mammals).  Individual fossils can thus range  anywhere from 145.5 – 33 million years old.

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Photos: Tropical Palm Trees

Healing Properties of Petrified Palm Wood

Spiritual: Petrified Palm Wood is a wonderful stone for grounding and transformation in every aspect of our lives. It gently nudges us into alignment, with our feet firmly planted on the good Earth and our heads held high to the sky.  It reminds us that all beings have the Divine within them and that there are sacred connections between all of us and everything in the world. Petrified Palm Wood is particularly good for people with natural gifts in Earth and Water magic/medicine or anyone who wants to deepen their connection to the natural world.  It encourages us to slow down, to relax, to worry less and to enjoy the present moment. Petrified Palm Wood Teaches that transformation and manifestation doesn’t need to be hard, but can instead be something we gently allow to happen. Petrified Palm Wood is attuned to the Root (1st) and Third Eye (6th) Chakras and linked to the astrological sign of Leo. It is connected to the elements of Earth and vibrates to the number 77.

Emotional: Petrified Wood has a very loving and peaceful energy. It gently dissolves emotional fears and helps us to get firmly re-rooted back in reality. Petrified Palm Wood teaches us patience, and that slow and steady growth will often serve us best. Rather than struggling to change, it encourages us to find the flow that matches our natural strengths so that change is relatively easy. It reminds us that transformation is rarely instantaneous, but if we trust ourselves and take baby steps, change will happen. During times of stress or depression, Petrified Palm Wood helps us focus on what is most important and to find that quiet place of peace and serenity that resides deep within us.  It encourages us to take better care of our families and to treat strangers as friends we just haven’t gotten acquainted with yet.  Petrified Palm Wood softly serenades with the promise that all is Love, all is Light, and all will be well. 

Mental: Petrified Palm Wood reminds us to keep it simple. It encourages us to take time to relax and just be in the moment. Petrified Palm Wood is particularly useful for examining long-held belief systems and patterns. It helps us determine whether these beliefs and patterns still serve us, and if not, then it assists us in gently releasing them. Petrified Palm Wood helps us to “stop sweating the small stuff” and focus our attention on the things that are within our power and worth our time to positively influence.  It also can help us to get “out of our head” and to listen better to our physical body, our heart, and our spirit.

Physical: Petrified Wood of any type is considered to be one of the very best stones for stabilizing health. It is said to help soothe nerves and stimulate the metabolism. It is also believed to help cleanse and balance the liver and gallbladder. It is most often used by metaphysical healers to strengthen the back and provide alignment for the skeletal system.  Petrified Palm Wood in particular is said to be exceptionally relaxing and rejuvenating.

Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.

Earth to Pocket

Earth to Pocket is the Moonrise Crystal business mission. It’s the promise that any stones purchased here will be consciously sourced and the journey of the stone, from the Earth and into your Pocket, will be as transparent as possible.

These Petrified Palm Woods were mined in Indonesia and tumbled in South Africa.

I met the owner of the South African tumbling company at the 2014 Gem and Mineral show in Tucson, Arizona. This company only sells tumbled stones twice a year, once at the Tucson show and later at the Sainte Marie Aux Mines International Mineral and Gem Expo in Provence, France. They offer the largest selection of high quality tumbled stones in the industry and are one of my favorite suppliers.

It would be my pleasure to hand-select a beautiful Petrified Palm Wood for you.

Your Stone

This price is for one stone. You can buy a single Petrified Palm Wood or several, depending on your individual needs. Each Petrified Palm Wood measures at least 1 inch at its longest length and have a unique shape with soft edges.  

The stone I choose for you will be smooth and free of chips and be a beautiful brown or tan stone, with interesting wood markings. If you buy multiple stones, I will choose stones that look and feel particularly good together. Stones will be cleansed and smudged with sage before being shipped to you.

With their beautiful color and clean energies, these Petrified Palm Wood are perfect for crystal healing. Add them to a medicine bag, place them on an altar, use them in a crystal elixir, fashion them into jewelry, or simply carry them in your pocket.

Safe Handling of Petrified Palm Wood


Petrified Palm Wood can be created from a wide assortment of minerals and as such should NOT be used to make direct-infusion “Petrified Palm Wood Water” for drinking or bathing. You can however, make a safe elixir using an indirect method – simply place the stone near, but not touching, the water.

Good To Know:

Petrified Palm Wood are physically durable stones. As long as they are rounded and without thin edges, they can be carried in a pocket or medicine bag, or worn as jewelry on an everyday basis, without significant danger of the stone chipping or breaking.

Petrified Palm Wood can be physically cleansed with water or a dusting cloth.

Petrified Palm Wood can be energetically cleansed with water or a dusting cloth.

Petrified Palm Wood can be left in sunshine for extended periods of time without losing their color. However, it is always considered a “best practice” to keep your stones and crystals out of direct sunlight as much as possible.


  1. Mary M. (Florida)

    BEAUTIFUL stone, true to size! Arrived a lot faster from HI than expected. A+++

  2. Geraldine Z. (Pennsylvania)

    I received my order so quickly and I am absolutely happy with this crystal. Thank you, Julie!

  3. Jennifer S. (Colorado)

    I really love the wonderful patterning on this stone that shifts from stripes on one side to spots on another! It is just awesome! Thank you!

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