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Southern Bottle Tree

Updated on September 14, 2015

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I think Bottle Trees are so interesting to look at and they each seem to have their own personality. The first one that I ever remember seeing was on Edisto Island, South Carolina and since then have seen many more. They have really gained in popularity and although it is preferred by many to make your own, there are companies that sell them. I have searched the internet and really like the looks of this one that I am featuring here. It is handcrafted in the USA which is important to me and I like the idea that it is made by a family owned welding business in Mississippi.

Bottle Trees are thought to capture evil spirits and prevent them from entering your home so most are placed near the entrance. Many people just like the looks of them and don't even realize that they have or had a significance. More seems to be written about them lately and folks seem to appreciate how unique they are. The blue bottles seem to be the most popular and I guess it is because the color blue is supposed to scare the evil spirits, too.

This one is called The Big Daddy Bottle Tree (picture on right) and will hold 25 bottles that are not included. It is made out of steel and will last for years. You can even bend the limbs in the position that you want them by using the piece of steel that is included for that purpose. It stands 62 inches when inserted into the ground 18 inches deep. One of the reviewers was surprised to find out that hers rusted but I think that would add to its beauty but I imagine you could always add something to prevent it from rusting.

Bottle Trees by Felder Rushing

Bottle Trees: ...and the Whimsical Art of Garden Glass
Bottle Trees: ...and the Whimsical Art of Garden Glass

Author Felder Rushing shows 60 of the pictures he has taken of bottle trees and tells the story of each. I love to hear people's stories so know I would enjoy this book. The reviews on Amazon are wonderful and you might enjoy reading them. I sure did.


Bottle Tree - A Poem by Patricia Neely-Dorsey

Bottle Tree painted by Bob Franks especially for Poet Patricia Neely Dorsey
Bottle Tree painted by Bob Franks especially for Poet Patricia Neely Dorsey | Source

Bottle Tree by Patricia Neely Dorsey

Patricia Neely Dorsey has written some wonderful Southern Poetry and this is one of her poems. The Bottle Tree photo was taken by Bob Franks. The photo and the poem are both wonderful and I appreciate Patricia allowing me to share them with you. Patricia has two books of her poetry and you can read about them on these pages:

Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia

My Magnolia Memories and Musings

Do You Believe in Bottle Trees?

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Colored Bottle Tree Bottles, Set of 6
Colored Bottle Tree Bottles, Set of 6

This is a very colorful set of 6 bottles. These would be so pretty with the light shining through them.


Blue Bottles or Colored Bottles?

More Bottle Tree Selections

Your bottles can be all the same color and a lot of people prefer the blue ones or they can be a variety of colors. When the light from the sun shines through them it really is a gorgeous sight.

Of course, I don't really believe that the evil spirits are captured in the Bottle Tree but I sure like the idea and love the look so will proudly have one in my yard one day.

Most often you will see the Cobalt Blue Bottles used but more and more people are adding other colors, sizes and shapes. One can really make a statement with their Bottle Tree.

My Lonely Blue Bottle

I don't have a bottle tree yet but I do have one blue bottle that I hope is capturing the evil spirits and keeping them out of our home.
I don't have a bottle tree yet but I do have one blue bottle that I hope is capturing the evil spirits and keeping them out of our home. | Source

Where did the Art of Bottle Trees Begin?

It is thought that Bottle Trees came to the USA with the African Slave Trade and showed up first in the south. Today Bottle Trees can be found all over the USA as well as Europe. It is now recognized as an art form and a very interesting one, indeed.

I have also seen colorful bottles on stakes and just stuck in the ground which also can make a beautiful display and look like flowers in bloom.

There are many who believe that Bottle Trees existed much earlier than previously thought and that they were in Egypt.

A friend shared this photo of her Bottle Tree
A friend shared this photo of her Bottle Tree | Source

Bottle Tree Videos

Enjoy looking at these videos of Bottle Trees.

There are so many different ways to make them if you are interested in making your own.

I have an idea of what I want mine to look like and where I want to put it. Maybe one day I will own a Bottle Tree and get rid of any evil spirits that may be lurking around our home.

Elmer the Welder Makes Bottle Trees

Wow, more than 200 bottle trees in one yard. amazing! Elmer was 67 years old before he took up welding but when he did he went full steam ahead and couldn't stop. I hope you enjoy this video as much as I did. Very fascinating.

Bottle Trees by Stephanie Dwyer

Beautiful and very unique bottle trees by artist, Stephanie Dwyer.

Interesting that she says she does not try to please everyone with her art. She is very gifted and I enjoyed hearing her story and appreciate that she shared it on YouTube. She does a great job of telling a brief history of the Bottle Tree.

Bottle Tree Bob Demonstrates the Creation of a Bottle Tree

Bottle Tree Bob has some good suggestions for welding a Bottle Tree.

I think I will check with some welders I know and see if they would be interested in creating a Bottle Tree for me. Bottle Tree Bob likes for his trees to look like real trees and branches. I like that, too.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 2 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      One of these days I am going to have a Bottle Tree of my very own

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      Joan Adams 2 years ago

      We love our bottle trees in the south. They are so pretty! I like the tradition of putting messages/wisdom notes/prayers in them.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      jemjoseph I still don't have a bottle tree but hoping I will be able to get one soon. They really are fun to look at.

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      Jemjoseph 3 years ago

      I first found out about bottle trees after seeing them in a couple of southern films and then googling to see what they were all about. I find them to be mesmerizing, hanging like colored glass chimes from the trees and flickering in the sunlight.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      This is so interesting! I think I want one :)

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      sierradawn lm 3 years ago

      I love Patricia Neely Dorsey's poem! I have never given bottle trees any thought before reading this lens! Discovering them is a delight!

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I've loved the ideas behind bottle trees since I saw my first one and I cannot remember the name of the movie, but I was intrigued from the start. Lovely article!

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      Stanley Green 4 years ago from Czech Republic

      Wow! This is very qunique idea. i have to confess tha this is the first time I see the bottle trees... Great!

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      sousababy 4 years ago

      Never, ever heard of a bottle tree before - interesting.

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      I have a Pinterest board with wine bottle ideas, and there are some beautiful trees out there. The blue bottles are getting harder to find, but I have a few. We're building a wine bottle wall.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      Wow! I have never seen a Bottle Tree! My first thought was, that sure would be an easy tree to take care of.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is very cool, I love the brightly colored bottles.

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      Heather Burns 4 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      I want a cobalt blue bottle tree!

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      I'm in the process of making my own bottle tree. Love the cobalt blue bottles. These bottle trees sure are popular. This is a great item to spotlight.

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      My parents neighbor is a retired welder so between the two houses there are several bottle trees. Of course, parents don't drink alcohol so they've had to ask around to get different colored bottles (especially the blue ones) to have a "fully rounded" tree. :)

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      I've never heard of a bottle tree before! Very interesting!

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      sheriangell 4 years ago

      I have a growing collection of glass bottles I have nabbed here and there. My intention has always been to "grow" a bottle tree one day. I just moved and have a "blank slate" garden waiting for me. In the spring there will definitely be a bottle tree planted in my new garden!

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      grannysage 4 years ago

      I used to collect bottles. This would have been really cool to put them on, especially when I had nowhere else to put them.

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      Joan4 4 years ago

      Oh yes, I will have a bottle tree sometime soon!

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      Heather McGlaughlin 4 years ago from Marryland

      My mother in law has one of these. We are in Maryland.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Oooo a fascinating page on something to scare away evil spirits, especially now that it's October and the season for those sort of things. Love this, may try it myself.

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      Oh dear, OhMe, these are so cool! These Bottle Trees are really interesting.