There are over 2,600 species of palm trees in the world. The tree we have in Midstocket Garden is known as a palm lily, bred to survive in temperate climates such as Aberdeen.
Palm trees were often planted near an oasis as a source of water and shade, and in Biblical lands satisfied almost every need of the Jews. The palm tree dates provided food, the tree juices were fermented into wine, the trunk of the tree was used as construction timber and the leaves were woven into baskets, mats, brooms, beds and ropes.
The palm branch was recognised as a symbol of victory, triumph, peace, and eternal life.
A palm branch was awarded to victorious athletes in ancient Greece, and the Greeks were reported to have carved their wonderful fluted marble columns as a mark of respect for the shape of the trunk of a palm tree.
Christians use the palm branch to symbolize the victory of the faithful over enemies of the soul, as in the Palm Sunday festival celebrating the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. before his arrest on Holy Thursday and his crucifixion on Good Friday
Reference to the palm occurs in many verses in the Bible
(New Revised Standard Version).
Exodus 15:2 Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees; and they camped there by the water.
Exodus 29:24 And you shall place all these on the palms of Aaron and on the palms of his sons, and raise them as an elevation offering before the Lord.
Leviticus 23:40 On the first day you shall take the fruit of majestic trees, branches of palm trees, boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days.
Numbers 24:6 Like palm groves that stretch far away, like gardens beside a river, like aloes that the Lord has planted, like cedar trees beside the waters.
Numbers 33:9 They set out from Marah and came to Elim; at Elim there were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees, and they camped there.
Deuteronomy 34:3 The Negeb, and the Plain—that is, the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees—as far as Zoar.
Judges 1:16 The descendants of Hobab the Kenite, Moses’ father-in-law, went up with the people of Judah from the city of palms into the wilderness of Judah, which lies in the Negeb near Arad. Then they went and settled with the Amalekites.
Judges 3:13 In alliance with the Ammonites and the Amalekites, he went and defeated Israel; and they took possession of the city of palms.
Judges 4:5 She used to sit under the palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim; and the Israelites came up to her for judgment.
1 Kings 6:29 He carved the walls of the house all around about with carved engravings of cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers, in the inner and outer rooms.
1 Kings 6:32 He covered the two doors of olivewood with carvings of cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers; he overlaid them with gold, and spread gold on the cherubim and on the palm trees.
1 Kings 6:35 He carved cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers, overlaying them with gold evenly applied upon the carved work.
1 Kings 7:36 On the surfaces of its stays and on its borders he carved cherubim, lions, and palm trees, where each had space, with wreaths all around.
2 Chronicles 3:5 The nave he lined with cypress, covered it with fine gold, and made palms and chains on it.
2 Chronicles 28:15 Then those who were mentioned by name got up and took the captives, and with the booty they clothed all that were naked among them; they clothed them, gave them sandals, provided them with food and drink, and anointed them; and carrying all the feeble among them on donkeys, they brought them to their kindred at Jericho, the city of palm trees. Then they returned to Samaria.
Nehemiah 8:15 And that they should publish and proclaim in all their towns and in Jerusalem as follows, “Go out to the hills and bring branches of olive, wild olive, myrtle, palm, and other leafy trees to make booths, as it is written.
Psalm 92:12 The righteous flourish like the palm tree, and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
Song of Solomon 7:7 You are stately as a palm tree, and your breasts are like its clusters.
Song of Solomon 7:8 Say I will climb the palm tree and lay hold of its branches. O may your breasts be like clusters of the vine, and the scent of your breath like apples.
So the Lord cut off from Israel head and tail, palm branch and reed in one day.