Vastu Guidelines For Trees And Plants | An Architect Explains

Vastu Guidelines For Trees And Plants | An Architect Explains

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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196 Responses to “Vastu Guidelines For Trees And Plants | An Architect Explains”

  1. vivek says:

    I plant the neem tree the outside lawn of my house. My house is east facing. sir i want to plant the bannana tree also
    Hi Vivek,
    Plant the banana tree near the periphery of your site towards the South, west or East. Avoid in the North East

  2. Deepa says:

    Is there any restrictions on planting oleander in the front garden.
    Hi Deepa,
    Oleander is not recommended in a gardn probably because all parts of it, the stem, flowers, leaves etc are poisonous.

  3. Anbu says:

    I have planned to plant Madhuca longifolia tree(Iluppai tree) in front of my house which is in north direction. so shall i proceed to plant in front of home ?
    Hi Anbu,
    Madhuca longifolia also known as Mahua tree is useful as is good for the skin and has medicinal properties. If the tree does not grow to a great height, it can be grown in the North.. Otherwise plant it to the west.

  4. Sandeep says:

    I have curry leaves tree in the house can I should remove or not.
    Hi Sandeep,
    No you should not, as it is a useful tree.

  5. Suresh says:

    Dear sir,
    We have seen a rental property for office, a tall coconut tree is at South East corner grown higher than the main building, ist ok? Please suggest with your valuable inputs.
    Hi Suresh,
    A coconut tree is never bad/inauspicious. But just be sure that it is not too close to the building, as the roots and falling leaves and fruits can affect the building and persons.

  6. Vedashri says:

    Hello Sir,

    Your post is very informative. Keep up the good work.
    We have west facing home and garden area to the right side of the home i.e. in the north side. We have Kavath (Wood Apple?), Lemon, Bael, 4 to 5 Hibiscus, Curry Leaves, Sapodilla (Chiku), Mango, Figs (Anjeer), Rai Amala, Amla, Indian Blackberry (Jambhul), Pomegranate (Dalimb), Sitaphal, Parijatak, White and Yellow Chapha and few flowering plants in our garden. Just wanted to know which trees out of these have invasive root system and what would be remedy except removing them as we are too emotionally attached with all of them.
    Hi Vedashri,
    Thank you for the appreciation. All the trees that you have in your garden are fruit trees and not very large. So the likelihood of them having invasive roots is less. But keep a track of the wall of your house near the garden. If you see big cracks, then it is better to dig near it and see if any roots are invading.

  7. Harika says:

    Hi sir … My house is North facing..we want to plant 3 neem trees at West. Do odd numbers are valid or else only even..
    Hi Harika,
    Normally trees are planted in pairs. I don’t know the reason – probably for symmetry. But I guess 3 is also okay.

  8. zalak says:

    Hi I want to arrange some small pots at my flats entrance door. Is it ok according to vastu. If yes which plants can be planted. advance
    Hi Zalak,
    It is okay and go for indoor plants.

  9. R.Sri Rekha Magesh says:

    We have a big neem tree at the northern side of our house compound. Since it is now grown wider, few branches are hiding the road view of our first floor. Hence planning to cut off only two branches to allow the sunlight to come inside. Our house is facing west. Pls. suggest if we can cut the few branches of neem tree? is it ok?
    R.SriRekha Magesh
    Hi Sri Rekha Magesh,
    You can cut the branches as it affects the light coming into your house. But be sure that in trimming, the tree does not get harmed.

  10. Hemchander says:

    hello admin,
    we have purchased a sapling of amla, my question is according to vastu, can it be planted in the compound premises or outside the compound wall premises. And which side should it be plotted apart from south, as we have our neighbor house there.
    Hi Hemchander,
    It can be planted within the compound if there is space, a little away from the house in the East or North.

  11. Tushar Gaba says:

    Hi,there is gulmohar in front of my shop.its is almost at south west it useful or not?
    Hi Tushar,
    Definitely, it is useful. It will cut off the heat and harsh light from the south and the west.

  12. Regunathan says:

    i have a plot of 1400 is empty now with no fencing. i don’t have plans to construct home at least for another 10 years. but i want to plant neem tree in that plot. can i do that?in future when in construct the position of foundation can be adjusted according to the position of the roots of the tree right sir? ur opinion please.
    Hi Regunathan,
    You can plant the neem tree in the SW or S of your site close to the compound wall so that in the future it does not interfere with the fututre house foundation.

  13. rohit rai says:

    Hello sir
    I have planted a small type of bamboo tree in the east direction (in front of main door) It lasted for five years, but now some of my relatives & neighbors who are aware, are saying that is negative effect on the house. Am concerned about it.. ie…is good or bad as per the vastu sashtra.
    Sir… one more thing needs to be cleared – when do we plant some trees like coconut, banana &mango within and around the premises. But any family members are not allowed to do the plantation, instead there should be a third-party(not a family)to do the plantation, otherwise the bad omen flows to the family, in this connection and as per vastu sashtra is this fact or there be any principles.

    Hi Rohit Rai,
    First of all I would advise you to stop listening to half-baked vastu experts. How can useful trees from which you derive benefit pass on ‘bad omen’ to your family, if you plant it? There is no truth in this. Then regarding the bamboo plant, no doubt it gives shade and looks nice, but it is an invasive plant and spreads very fast since it is a grass.So the roots can invade your building. So better not to have it.

  14. Vikrant says:

    sir i want to plant a pomegrate plant at infront of my house plz can u tell me its good or bad
    Hi Vikrant,
    A pomegrante tree is a useful plant and so will be good in a garden.


    Dear Sir,
    I have purchased plot for house my plot measurements is 70 X 64. In this plot road is east , South and North side so which trees plantation all side.
    I think I am plant sagwan trees all side so this decision right or wrong please tell me
    Thanking you
    Hi Sagar,
    I doubt if you can plant sagwan (teak) trees now. It is a protected tree and not every one can plant it.

  16. Manish P Daffar says:

    I want plantations of Saptaparni and bottle palm tree at south this selection is good or not and how much distance is essential
    Hi Manish,
    If these two trees are useful (flower or fruit yielding) then you can plant them in the south but kep at least 5′ from the house.

  17. jyotiprakashjagadeb says:

    really sir u r answer are very accurate and justuified also.
    Hi Jyotiprakash,
    Thank you for the appreciation.

  18. hemalatha says:

    We have karela(veg) plant in the north direction and it is taking support of compound wall through wire….is it recommend to plant or no?
    Hi Hemalatha,
    If the climber plant is not to high, it is okay. Kepp it within a height of 7′

  19. Ayush Sharma says:

    Hi I am planing to plant an bilva tree in north space at the main entrance of my home…is favourable to plant bilva plant at home or not ?
    Hi Ayush Sharma,
    You can plant the bilva plant in the North.

  20. Shweta says:

    Can we keep aloe vera plant in the house? Is it good or bad?
    Hi Shweta,
    It is okay to have it as it is a very beneficial plant.

  21. GANESH says:

    Hi Ganesh,
    You can do that.

  22. Suraiya says:

    Sir their is amango and jammun tree at the north side of our house is it good for us.our house if north facing.their is a drum stick plant too is it good for house or not.people said nog to grow drumstick plant.
    Hi Suraiya,
    The trees you have mentioned are actually good as they provide fruit/vegetables. But just make sure that the trees in the North side are not too tall. Trim them on a regular basis. Let them not be taller than one floor as they can cut off light and create permanent shadow.

  23. Vilas says:

    Hello Sir,
    Can we have a drumstick tree at home garden , in which direct it should be planted.
    Hi Vilas,
    You can have one as it is a useful plant. Better to have it in the West or South as it is a tall plant and can serve as a shady tree.

  24. S. Mozumdar says:

    We are having a Pomegranate tree planted in GAMLA in rooftop along with other plants. Our flat is SOUTH facing . Is there any bad effect of this tree in the family. Some one of our neighbour asking to remove that tree because of its bad effect. Recently I got some heart problems. For which I have to go for some operations.
    Hi Mozumdar,
    Pomegranate is a useful plant, so there is no harm in having it. But if the neighbour’s words are weighing on your mind, then remove it since your mind must be at peace.

  25. Raghavendra says:

    Can we place flower plant pots on terrace of house
    Hi Raghavendra,
    You can but be sure that the water proofing on the terrace is adequate and that water seepage will not cause a problem.

  26. Monica says:

    hi I m planning to put Christmas tree in our balcony pls tell me the direction
    Hi Monica,
    You can put it in the South or west sides.

  27. sathish says:

    Hi Sir,
    My house is west facing
    Can I plant badam tree (Almond) in front of my house
    If yes where I can plant.
    Hi Sathish,
    You can plant it in the west or the south side.

  28. Swapna says:

    Can we plant drum stick tree at home. Please help.
    Hi Swapna,
    Yes you can have one.

  29. Linci says:

    Dear Sir,
    Is it good to plant lemon tree near the house. i have few lemon trees around my house. Is there any problem.
    Hi Linci,
    No harm in having lemon trees. But do you need so many trees for your general consumption? Keep only as much as you need.

  30. Chetan Rajput says:

    Sir, i have planted the Jaamun tree in South East corner, Anar tree in South West corner, Lemon tree in South West corner and a guauva (Amrood) tree in North of our house.
    Are these trees to be planted in house garden??
    if yes than which place is right for these trees??
    Hi Chetan,
    All the above trees are useful and can be planted in the garden. Since all except the jamun tree are not very tall, they can be grown anywhere in the garden. Keep them trimmed.

  31. sathish says:

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    July 26, 2016 at 2:56 am
    Hi Sir,
    My house is west facing
    Can I plant badam tree (Almond) in front of my house
    If yes where I can plant
    Dear admin
    How much time you will take to answer
    Hi Sathish,
    I have answered your previous comment today. Remember that this is a free site and you are not paying me to answer you. So I will take my own time to answer you, depending on the amount of free time available to me. It may be a week, a month or a couple of months!!!

  32. V K Verma says:

    sir our house is west facing and garden is also at south west side. We have curry patta tree plated (not in pot) at south west corner, and money plant in pot and placed at the south east wall inner side. is it ok or not, because money is not coming, downfalls are in our life. pls suggest what to do
    Hi V K Verma,
    Maybe shift the money plant inside the house and see if your luck changes! Also de-clutter the house.

  33. Mahesh says:

    Sir,my house is east face,today I have planted two coconut trees east side of my house (not exactly opposite to the main door also 10yards away from building).please let me know is it good as per vaasthu.we have place west side of home but its very near to building so we planted on east side.
    Hi Mahesh,
    The presnet position of the trees in the East is preferable as there is ample distance between the trees and the house.

  34. naga jyothi says:

    for badam tree where it may planted
    if it is having in eashnaya so we get problem
    Hi Naga Jyothi,
    There is no problem. Only make sure the tree is trimmed regularly so that it does not cut off light.

  35. Mineesh says:

    I have a Neem tree infront of my home is facing to east side, recently someone told Neem tree is not good to grow infront side of the home.
    Kindly advice if i should cut it off neem tree or keep there.
    Hi Mineesh,
    A neem tree is good as it prevents mosquitoes and the air around it is good for the inhabitants. But if it is too tall and large, it could cut off light from the front. So keep it trimmed below 10 feet.

  36. Sir
    A big Ber tree in situated North-East side of our house .Is it right or wrong ? Please tell me.
    Hi Sanchita,
    The ber tree is useful but if it is big it can obstruct the useful light from the NE. Try to keep it trimmed to a very low height.

  37. shan says:

    Dear Sir

    I am from Australia and our land area are very small here compare to back home. can you please advice me is it ok to plant Avocado tree near the house I am planing to plant it in a large pot (bud tree). Can you also please advice me is there any kind of tree/s has negative energy release that is not good to plant near the house.
    Thank you heaps
    Hi Shan,
    You can plant the avocado plant in the pot. As for ‘negative energy’ plants, avoid the ones that produce a milky sap and have thorns (except for rose). I have listed some poisonous plants that you could avoid. Some of them are believed to even cause cancer. Here is the list: Zanzibar Gem, Euphorbia, Spotted water-hemlock, Oleander, alfalafa, etc.

  38. PINAKI ROY says:

    Sir,I am a bonsai maker, l have a good collection of baniyan tree , many ask me “is bonsai good for vastu” if yes in “which side of the room it should be placed”?
    Hi Pinaki,
    Bonsai are cute and beautiful to look at, but go against nature. They are stunted and probably that is the reason why it’s use in houses is discouraged by Vastu experts. So keep them outside the house.

  39. Sonali Patel says:

    We are looking for a ground floor apartment for pre school on rent…
    It has a big peepal tree in between the front gate n entrance …still leaving space to walk n go in the house…
    Position of the neem tree is southeast ..
    My question is does it have any effect on rental property decision…
    Hi Sonali,
    It should not affect you so much. If it is your own property it is necessary to make sure the invasive roots do not affect the building.

  40. chandru says:

    sir, there are 2 questions
    1…we have 2 coconut trees in our house premises within our site. one in east, and other one in south..
    I personally want to remove the one in east, as it is restricting our car parking space.. but our family members fear the effects of removing it.. please provide information about the effects of removing coconut tree.. if we can remove it is there any scriptural guidelines we should follow?
    2… sir , our house is single ground floor building. currently while climbing up the steps which is outside our house, we face south at first( only 2 small steps), then west and then finally east ..
    if we clear the first two steps.. we all face west directly while climbing steps .. can we do that as it increases the parking space?
    please guide us… thank you sir
    Hi Chandru,
    You can get the coconut tree removed by some specialists who will first perform a small pooja. So you need not worry about the ill-effects.
    As for the steps do not bother so much about the directions.

  41. Kamal Kant says:

    My flat is east facing and front balcony is in the south.All the plants placed there in the balcony including Tulsi and BelPatra. Recently I came to know that Tulsi is not good in the south direction. Is it true that plantation shouldn’t be done in the south direction ? Is it ok to shift the plants on the rooftop of our flat since lack of space.
    Please suggest plants for southeast and south directions.
    I am confused as I am occurring big losses and debts in business.
    Hi Kamal,
    Ideally taller plants and shrubs should be planted in the South to reduce the heat and light from the South and West. I do not think having a Tulsi in the South is bad. But if you are superstitious about it, then shift it to the terrace.

  42. Venkat says:

    Thank you very much for this Useful information. I dont have much free space in south or south west. Is it ok to plant lemon ,amla ,gova ,cocount trees plant on north or north east away from the house?
    Hi Venkat,
    You can do that provided they do not obstruct too much of the light to your house. Keep them as far away as you can from the house.

  43. Nilay says:

    Sir is any negative effect can be come if we plant coconut tree in front of the main door
    Hi Nilay,
    Avoid any tree or plant in front of the main door.

  44. Venkat says:

    Thanks for your reply.your answers to various people’s comments give more clarity. We hav 5 feet free space in south and west of the house. So can i plant medium size trees like leamon amla cocount and gova at 2 feet distance from house foundation.
    Does it damage house Foundation… could you please share your views…
    Hi Venkat,
    Thank you for your kind comments.It is better to keep as much space as is possible between the trees and the house foundation. So keep it at 3′.

  45. Payal paul says:

    I planted a blue berry tree many years ago near my house and it is a huge tree …It can be compared to a old banyan tree in respect to its size I want to know that is it safe…
    Hi Payal Paul,
    If the tree looks healthy, there is nothing to worry.

  46. Neha agarwal says:

    I heard that planting neem tree and curry leaf tree causes problem in personal life of family members of house if planted in terrace of that house.
    HI Neha,
    I do not know about that, but I do know that the terrace should be well water-proofed before you put any plants on top.

  47. suresh kumar saini says:

    can banana tree planted in flower pot and keep in side the house boundary for worship as we do for basil(Tulsi)
    Hi Suresh,
    If it will grow in a pot, then why not!!

  48. Shammugam V Periayah says:

    Hello Sir,

    I have a 15ft tall neem tree outside my house in the north east corner. It faces my entrance door.Is this ok.
    Hi Shammugam,
    If it is in the way of your entrance to the house, then it is not okay.

  49. Ganesh says:

    Hello sir,
    I have planted 2 almond plants in front of my shop cum home (north phase), please can you tell me it good for it.
    Hi Ganesh,
    Almonds are good and are not too shady to obstruct the light.

  50. koti 9999 says:

    sir can i have grape tree in home
    Hi Koti,
    Yes you can, it is a useful plant.

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