The Tree Story
Tree of Life (Identity Clarifyer) – Thuja occidentalis – Arbor vitæ – Western White Cedar
This tree is related to cypress and tamarisk. It is a smallish slow growing evergreen, rich in scented resin. The name Arbor vitae, is Latin for “tree of life, due to the medicinal properties of its sap, bark, and twigs. The largest trees are found in North Eastern North America, where they are native. In the 15th and 16th century they were introduced in frequently visited ports when it was discovered to be a cure for scurvy. The area surrounding the port of Eressos, where all of these essence trees grow, was a major port-of-call for ships sailing up to Troy and through the Bosporus to the Black Sea ports. Perhaps this is how they arrived on Lesbos.