One enters the house compound through the Main Gate. Usually if space is available, people like to have a small garden in the front as well as at the back of the Site. Vastu Shastra lays down guidelines on all aspects of house designing, including the planting of auspicious trees and plants around the house.  


As Vastu is a science, there is logical, scientific explanation for every guideline. As an Architect, I have attempted to explain these guidelines rationally and scientifically, so that you can decide what you want to follow or don’t.

Some of the auspicious trees according to Vastu, that are good for the inmates are described below along with their usefulness:
peepalPEEPAL TREE - It is also known as the Aswatha tree. Scientists have found that oxygen is produced in large amounts by the leaves of this tree and it is found in high concentration under the branches, probably due to the thick foliage. Hence it is considered very healthy to circumambulate this tree in the morning. Probably it is for this reason that it is considered a sacred tree and is worshiped in India. It is usually found near temples or temples are erected near Peepal trees. It has a very long life and can survive for centuries. It is prohibited from being cut. However, it is not suitable near a house, since it has far spreading roots which can affect the foundation of the building.
neemNEEM TREE - This tree has great medicinal value and its extract is used in pesticides. Its twigs are used to brush teeth and neem oil is used in physiotherapy. Since neem leaves are very bitter, a mixture of neem leaves, tender green mango and jaggery is eaten on Ugadi or the New Year in South India, as a symbolic gesture, that one is prepared to face the sweet, sour and bitter experiences of the coming year with equanimity. Therefore, this is a good tree to have in a house garden.

MmangoANGO TREE – Most parts of the mango tree have medicinal value. It’s leaves are used as a pesticide, and its twigs are used for brushing teeth. Its leaves are used for puja purposes. It is considered very auspicious if the dead are cremated using mango tree fire-wood. Then of course, mango fruit is the king among fruits and very tasty. The raw mangoes are used for making pickles and as a vegetable.  Mango trees also have a very long life and can survive for 400-500 years. Obviously, this is also a very useful tree to have in your garden.JFresh_Jackfruit_Sweet_ACK-FRUIT TREE - Like the ‘mango tree, the jack-fruit tree also produces very tasty, seasonal, fruit in large numbers. The yellow juicy kernels inside the jackfruit are used to make different types of sweets and halvas. The raw fruit kernels are cut into strips and made into tasty jackfruit chips, a speciality of Kerala. The Jack-fruit’s seeds are also nutritious and are used like a vegetable in South India. The beautiful yellow coloured wood from this tree is used to make furniture, doors, windows etc. Its leaves are considered auspicious and are used for puja. Therefore, it is useful and can be planted in your garden.

BANANA TREE – The tender saplings of the banana tree are used for decbananaorating doors of houses, pandals etc, during functions and festivals as they are symbols of prosperity and wealth. . Almost every part of the plant has some sort of economic or medicinal use. Bananas are available through the year and are very nutritious. Banana fruit is the best source for instant energy and are rich in potassium. Raw bananas are cooked and eaten like a vegetable. Banana leaves are used for eating traditional meals as they can be used and thrown and so are considered hygienic. The skin of the fruit is used in dyeing. The sap contains tannin and is used as marking ink.  From the dried leaf stalks, fibres can be made and they can form a sound kind of string and are also used for tying fences, etc. A lot of illnesses can be treated with concoctions made from the roots, stem, flowers, and leaves of the tree. As far as usefulness is concerned, only one other plant can compete with the `Banana Tree` and that is the coconut. So this is  a must-have in your garden.

coconutCOCONUT TREE - Every part of this tree is useful. The tender coconut water is a very healthy, cool, low fat drink. The coconut flesh is used in South Indian cooking in large amounts and gives it a distinctive flavour. The oil extracted from coconut is used in cooking as well as a hair oil. Coir is a very useful by-product which is used in making mats, carpets etc. The leaves of the coconut tree are weaved and used as roofing for huts by the poor. Its dry leaves are also used as fire-wood. It has a long life of about 100-150 years and is prohibited from being cut. Due to its usefulness it is considered a sacred tree. Hence it is considered a must, in every one’s garden.

sandalwoodSANDAL WOOD TREE- Sandal wood is very expensive as it is used to make exquisite handicrafts, and its oil is very fragrant. Sandalwood paste when applied on the forehead, cools the head, and so is used in temples and in hot places like Kerala. The sandalwood is used to make incence sticks. It is very rare to find sandalwood trees and hence there have been so many instances of robbers cutting down trees in the middle of the night, if found in any house compound. If you like this fragrant tre, it is a good idea to try and grow one- but you may need to secure it!

Smaller shrubs- may be planted on the East or North sides, but no trees should be planted in the North-East corner as they block the useful morning sun rays.

Tall trees- like Coconut can be planted in the South-West, West sides but should should not be too close to a building as they block the sunlight completely. A tree should be planted such that it’s shadow should not fall on the house, at least between 9.A.M to 3P.M.

Large trees- like Peepal, Banyan should not be located too near the house as their roots can damage the foundation and compound wall. Also, the large trees absorb most of the sunlight, meaning these positive rays will not be received by the building.

Good trees- that can be planted in a house compound are useful trees like coconut, neem, betel, sandalwood, lemon, pineapple, bilva, almond, jackfruit, pomegranate, mango, amla, and katha.

Avoid flowering trees in gardens: Reason – They shed leaves during the summer.

Trees with insects, worms, honey bees, bumble bee, owls, serpents, should be avoided for obvious reasons.

If a tree must be removed because it is inauspicious or for other reasons, the day before cutting the tree, one should express regret to the tree, and it must be removed from its rooting. A new tree should be planted in its place within the next three months. This is a way of conserving nature.


tulsiTULASI (BASIL) - It is also known as holy Basil and it is always good to grow a Tulasi plant on one’s property. Tulasi should be located on the North, North-East, or East sides of the house, or in front of the house. Tulasi is a medicinal plant and is used extensively in Ayurvedic medicines. It purifies the blood and improves the digestive system. It is believed to be useful in treating many types of diseases. Hence it is recommended to eat a few leaves every day. Its probably for this reason, that it is considered a sacred plant and used in daily worship.

JASMINEJASMINE - In general, plants with sweet smelling flowers like jasmine, red lotus, blue lotus etc are good in the house compound as they give out a pleasant perfume, and can also be used in daily worship. Flowers like the Jasmine are stringed together and used as a decoration on the hair by Indian ladies. Moreover, as these flowers are produced round the year, they are always available.

THORNY PLANTS - Thorny plants should not be planted near the house. Cactus should not be planted at all. Thorny plants other than roses have a negative energy. Ideally all thorny plants should be pulled up and destroyed. The reason could be that the thorns can hurt you when you brush past them.

tree-creeper-vineCREEPERS – Creepers or other plants should not be grown using the building or compound wall as a support as their clingers will  slowly creep into tiny cracks in the walls and gradually widen them as they grow, causing damage and seeepage of water through the walls. Creepers should only be grown in a garden, and they should have their own independent supports. A creeper like a money plant can be grown within the house  but should not be grown outside, using a tree for support.

FLOWER POTS - Flower pots should not be kept on the  compound wall  in the North, East or North-East as they will block the useful morning sunlight coming in from these directions. Flower pots and decorative plants can be placed on the ground in these directions, but they should  not grow taller than 3 feet.

lawnLAWNS AND WATER BODIES- Lawns should be in the East or the North.  A small water-fall of three to four feet or a water body  can  be constructed in the East or the North leaving the North-East corner. If there is a swimming pool in the garden, it should be in  the North or North-East direction, so that the people using the pool benefit from the sun rays and also, the water will get purified by the  U.V rays of the Sunlight.

BENCHES - Benches are useful in big gardens and can be placed in the open space in the East and the North direction so that people sitting in these directions, can benefit from the useful sun rays.

This post was about the Vastu guidelines regarding the useful trees and plants that can be planted in a House garden. One passes through the front garden to reach the front Verandah and it is adjacent to the Car Porch. Read about the Vastu guidelines for these spaces, here:

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  1. Disha says:

    Hello sir,

    I have bought a plot in which a silver oak tree of age 25 to 30 years is there. Should we cut it down or could we keep it it in the backyard.
    Hi Disha,
    If there is going to be at least 3feet distance from your foundation to the tree,then keep it as it will provide shade. However check the condition of the tree. if there is any sign of rotting or drying, better remove it before you start construction

  2. Boopathi says:

    I bought a Badam plan. But my parents not allowing to plant itin our garden. The reason is as per vasthu it is not good to plant Badam tree in garden. Could please tell me, is Badam tree is not good to plant in house garden?
    Hi Boopathi,
    There is a lot of confusion in the net about ‘auspicious’ plants and trees. According to me, any plant or tree that is useful either because of it’s fruits, flowers or medicinal value, is auspicious and can be planted within the house compound. So a badam tree can be planted.


    Our home is south facing home near nh road Infront on my home tamarind tree is placed is this any problems

    Hi Vigneshwaran,
    Any spreading tree like a tamarind tree will provide shade. But remember such trees have spreading roots as well. So keep a watch. if you notice the roots invading your foundation, then get permission from the authorities to cut the roots and block them off.

  4. Ramesh Koppal says:

    I have Neem and Muringa (Drumstick) plants where to plant them, which direction of the hose. My house is east facing.
    Thanking you
    Hi Ramesh,
    The neem and drumstick plant can be in the south or west.

  5. Sharon Dsouza says:

    i have recently seen a house that i liked but the owner said that there was a coconut tree and a banyan tree the banyan tree was 20 feet in height and 3meters in width, there is also a well and swimming pool in the south west corner, the plot is L shaped 502 sqmts of total plot size is it good
    or worth buying it. the entrance . is morth facing the kitchen and cooking stove is east facing, master bedroom is in the southwest. so please help me by telling if it is worth buying the house.
    Hi Sharon,
    Vastu-wise the house seems to be okay. But are the coconut and banyan trees close to the house? Are the roots invading the house foundation? Check on all these aspects, before you make a decision.

  6. Jyoti says:

    we have planted a christmas tree now it is so huge we want to cut it is it ok? as it is touching our building and more than 40 ft tall
    Hi Jyoti,
    Any tree that affects a building should be cut with the necessary permission from the concerned authorities.


    Hello Sir,
    I have kept two aparajita plant in the hanging window veranda (south). As, i like to see green just after getting out of the bed in the morning. Also, I put two water bowl for birds(to help them in this summer), one adjacent to those plants and other one in the middle of northern side roof. Are these ok sir. please let me know.
    With Regards,
    Hi Shamayita,
    Do whatever makes you happy. It can only bring positivity.

  8. sanjay says:

    Dear Sir,

    Whether we can grow Chikoo tree with in our garden, we asked this because it is said that milky fruit should not be planted with in garden. Also we heard that Indian Almond tree should be avoided with in compound. Please guide us.
    Hi Sanjay,
    Any useful tree or flowering plant, with or without milky sap or thorns can be planted in a garden.

  9. Dr Jitu Patel says:

    Dear Sir,
    Many valuable & logical talk.
    I wish to know whether Fox tail palm can be planted on north side of the home garden.And also to the south west side of the house particularly on outside the compound wall.
    Any reason , why palms are not considered good as per vastu?
    Hi Jitu,
    Yes you can plant the palm in the north side or west side. THey are not considered bad according to vastu.

  10. Dr.madhavan says:

    as per hindu beliefs trees like- figs, agathi ,cotton trees( paruthi) murungai and curry leaves tree( karuvapillai) should not be grown in residential houses. is it true? if true is there any scientific basis ? please answer
    Hi Dr Madhavan,
    Any plant or tree that is useful to us can be planted in the house compound, even if it has thorns.

  11. archana says:

    Can I plant amla tree two feet from my house?
    Hi Archana,
    Any useful tree can be planted in a house compound as long as it is a little away from the foundation. It is okay to have the tree at 2 feet distance from your house as it is not a very tall tree.

  12. Talish says:

    Hi I brought roots & fruits of pine & oak Tree to keep in aquarium. Is it good for house or.not I took these from ground
    Hi Talish,
    I don’t see why they should be bad unless it is affecting the fish.

  13. Mahesh says:

    We have Coconut tree in road (SouthEast Corner) on a plot. Now we are planning to construct a house. The Builder is telling to remove coconut tree which is of 20 years old. Can we do this ? or can we leave 1 feet of space and construct the house. Please give your valueable suggestion.
    Hi Mahesh,
    I suggest you spare the coconut tree and leave 1 foot and build your house. It will add greenery to your house, give you coconuts and shade. But beware of falling coconuts and leaves.

  14. Gayathri Hegde says:

    Our house is east facing.. There is a big rubber tree stands opposite to our plot, on the side of our house.. it’s branches are spread vast and reachable to our balcany and terrace.. since the trees belongs to roadside does it still effect our well being..
    Hi Gayathri,
    No it does not affect you adversely. Instead enjoy the shade and greenery from your balcony.

  15. Tarun says:

    Hello sir i want to plant a tree which gives shadow & fruit,give me advise which tree i can planted
    Hi Tarun,
    There are so many options such as mango, jackfruit, almond, fig (anjeer), jamun tree. The last one drops hundreds of jamuns on the ground and they stain, so think before you plant one.

  16. mahesh bl says:

    Hi sir,
    we are planning to buy a plot, which has some trees such as Neem and coconut tress, as per vaasthu can we cut it.
    Hi Mahesh,
    If the trees are coming in the way of your proposed house or if you cannot design the house around the trees, then you can get them cut after doing a small pooja (basically a prayer asking the tree for forgiveness).

  17. bsv ramana says:

    My son purchased a house with north east facing. There is some space with in the compound wall. Which plants to be plant in east and north side, Out side of the compound wall in east and north side which plants to plant.
    Thanking you
    Yours Sincearly,
    Hi BVS Ramana,
    Keep very low shribs or flowering plants (below 2-3 feet in height.

  18. sir, we have a corporate office in Bangalore situated in a commercial complex. The commercial complex has two entrance gates. one main entrance gate has jack fruit tree and other entrance gate has tamarind tree. both are grown up trees of around 20 years old inside the premises just at the entrance of the gate. it would be sometime difficult to get ingress and egress of vehicles due to these trees. approached BBMP/Forest department to remove the trees but since it is healthy and grown up, did not got permission. Somehow we feel to remove the jack fruit tree as of late, the compound wall next to this jack fruit tree collapsed due to neighbour another commercial complex digging work has started. Please advise whether it is fair to remove it and does it affect in any way the occupants of the premises (around 10 members on jack fruit tree with 3 floors occupied with basement). Rgds
    Hi Babu,
    The trees will only have beneficial effects on the inmates. But if the compound wall has collapsed, you should get the forest officials to inspect the site and the extent of the root growth. If they are sufficiently convinced that the tree is affecting the building (not compound wall) foundation, then they may give you permission to cut it. But I personally feel that the compound wall collapsed due to the fact that the neighbour did not shore uo the mud while excavating close to your office. iT is better you take up the matter with the neighbour, before further damage.

  19. Sachin says:

    Dear Sir,

    The North and North East corner of my plot is higher than the other directions outside my house by 4ft. What can I do to solve this vaastu dosh as leveling the plot is not possible.
    Thanking you for reply.
    Hi Sachin,
    It all depends on which side your house is facing. The site should always slope from the back to the front for proper drainage of water. So if the back of your house is the N and NE, then it is okay and there is no “Vastu dosh”.

  20. Rathna Kumari says:

    Can I keep rose plants in my house.because some body had
    Said throne trees should not keep in houses
    Hi Rathna,
    Generally speaking, thorny and milk producing plants should be avoided for obvious reasons – they can hurt/burn your skin. But this rule does not apply if the plant is useful or is a thing of beauty. So it is okay to have rose plants. Only be sure they are not in your way.

  21. S VENKATA REDDY says:


    I have seen a house to purchase. i noticed one Coconut tree was planted at Esaniyam, height about 40 feet.

    All are telling Coconut tree at Esaniyam is not Good. It is very near to foundation- car park.

    Can i go head or drop the idea to purchase.
    Hi Venkata Reddy,
    I am not aware of any such vastu principle. If the tree roots have not caused any damage to the building (look out for cracks on the walls adjacent to the tree) then you need not fear this tree. But it al depends on what you believe. If you are affected by what others say, then do not go ahead.

  22. rajeev kumaR says:

    Hello sir,

    there are papaya (papita )plants In my house garden .is it good according to vastu.
    Hi Rajeev Kumar,
    Any useful plant like a flowering or fruit producing tree is worth keeping in a garden.

  23. somasundaram says:

    Dear Sir,
    My home is North facing.
    I wish to plant banana tree in front of my home. Can I plant it. Please suggest. Thanks.
    Best regards,
    Hi Somasundaram,
    You can provided it does not block any windows or light to your home.

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