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. Bijesh says:

    Nice to see u r kind enough to reply queries of so many people.. I have north-west facing plot (30×60) having seven feet space between compound boundary and road provided by developer. Since harsh sun rays will be coming from western side after 2 pm, what plant/tree should be planted on western side of plot so as to cut hot sunrays upon the house?
    Hi Bijesh,
    Thank you for the appreciation. Any shady, leafy tree is suitable. You could get free saplings from the forest department and they can help you with the type of tree which does not have far spreading roots. You could go through Karthik’s journal on flowering trees for more information.

  2. arun says:

    Hi sir,
    My house is north faced . I have planned to plant any flower plant in a northeast side . it is correct place or not. It is correct means which plant is recommended.
    Hi Arun,
    Plant only short shrubs in the NE side.

  3. Prabhakar says:

    Dear Sir,
    Can you suggest a cattle safe, low maintenance creeper for the road facing boundary wall of my house?
    Hi Prabhakar,
    Bougainvillea is a good option.

  4. A K BHARGAVA says:

    Hi Bhargava,
    The location of the guava tree will not affect you. Unless it affects you, there is no nee to cut it down.

  5. Yohan Antony Kurien says:

    My grandparents told me that Planting Lemon Tree, Oranges and Similar trees in the citrus family at home is not good. Home will turn out to be hell. That’s what they said. Please update me on this.
    Hi Yohan,
    They must have said this because citrus trees have thorns and thorny plants are generally not preferred in home gardens. But if you are careful, they provide more advantages than disadvantages.

  6. Vinod says:

    We have kanikonna on the south of house. House is south facing.
    Is it a right location?
    Hi Vinod,
    It is okay as it will provide shad in the hot south side.

  7. Raj K Tiwari says:

    I want to plant one Amala tree in house garden. Is it adequate to plant it in house garden as per Vastu Shastra. If yes, then in which direction of the house it can be planted. please suggest. Also suggest the advantages and its disadvantages planting in house garden.
    Hi Raj,
    Amla is a useful tree and can be planted in the North or NE part of the garden.

  8. Partha says:

    I hv two coconut trees on the. NE corner, we r planing to for an extension of 2 no floor where these trees hv to removed . Is there any ritual to b followed b4 cutting them. We do hv place it in other arts our house.
    Hi Partha,
    The best way to go about it is to give the job to the specialists who cut coconut trees. They do a prayer or a pooja before cutting.

  9. G. RAMESH says:

    We have a tall Ashoka tree which is quite old its age in front of our house. It has grown tall and is slightly leaning on one side. It is advisable to remove the tree because in the net, it is given that Ashoka tree is good for the growth of the family, removes evil effects and promotes good health.
    Or otherwise can we start growing a new on elsewhere in the compound and then remove the old tree. Kindly advise.
    Hi Ramesh,
    Maybe you can trim it so that it does not grow too tall and the tilt can be arrested. Alwayas better to avoid cutting a tree.


    Hi Tek Bahadur singh,
    You have useful trees which provide shade and fruits. So it is all okay.

  11. CHIRAG DAS says:

    Hi sir
    Request your suggestion in below mentioned points.
    1. Have north facing house balcony on east side.can we plant tulsi, aloe vera in our balcony
    . Which direction of living room do be keep purple colour plant flr prosperity
    3. Also the aquarium in which direction of living room and count of fish in aquarium.
    . Remedies of Kitchen head facing west while cooking. Do not have any option to face in east being rented or can face south.
    Hi Chirag,
    Yes you can plant tulsi in balcony. I think it is better to have fish in even numbers. You can face west while cooking but avoid facing south.

  12. Sir,
    First time in this wonderful site, providing accurate ifo to the seekers.
    could you please tell me having a Christmas tree towards East direction not directly opposite to the main door, in a North East facing double story house. The plant was a small sapling when gifted to my daughter. Now grown big.
    Thank you
    Hi Muralikrishnan,
    It is okay.

  13. Tuljaram says:

    Dear Sir,
    I am indian and stays in hyderabad, I have two big Neem and Peepal trees at northeast corner and very close to underground water well. Some for my friends said me that these trees are not good at northeast corner and it has to cut. Please help me in this.
    Hi Tuljaram,
    The peepal tree roots spread very far and are quite invasive. They can harm your well and your house foundation. But cutting an auspicious (religious) tree may be a hassle. So consult the tree cutters and you need to get permission from the forest department.

  14. Jyothi says:

    Distance should maintained by house from peepal tree…..
    Hi Jyothi,
    Peepal tree has long spreading roots. So keep at least 20′ from the house.

  15. trilok says:

    Kya almond tree ghr me shub h ya ashub
    Hi Trilok,
    Almond tree is good.

  16. Sophia says:

    Hi Sophia,
    The breadfruit tree is a bushy tree and so avoid planting it in the NE and north sides.

  17. Anil says:

    Dear sir, my house is west facing and west south corner there is a Red Coconut tree , is there any problem to keep red coconut tree in front of house.
    Hi Anil,
    No there is no problem.

  18. Kiran says:

    Can we plant papaya tree in our garden?
    Hi Kiran,
    Yes you can.

  19. navneeta mehta says:

    My neighbours mango tree started creeping into my varandah in northeast from last 6 years I have been sweeping its leaves but someone said its not good as its blocking my northeast area.I have been facing mental unrest problems.Instead of complaining repeatedly they are not cutting down the peeping bdanches.But they kept their northeast free of any single tree.Howcan I proceed now.As my northeast entirely blocked by the huge tree branches.Any solution.
    Hi Navneeta,
    If the tree branches are in your space you have a right to complain to the neighbour. If they do not comply , then you can register a complaint and get the tree cutting dept to do what is necessary.

  20. Jayachandran m says:

    Sir we have space in south west to house. Can we plant amla there
    Hi Jayachandran,
    Yes you can.

  21. Gulabao More says:

    if i have put in pomegranate bonsai in my home, So what effect in my family. we have purchase new home.
    Hi Gulabao More,
    I will not consider it as detrimental, though bonsai are considered stunted and against nature.

  22. Sravan says:

    sir can we plant a neem tree in front of our house. it is in north direction. also it is straight in front of the door. please reply sir.
    Hi Sravan,
    Do not plant anything right in front of the main door. It is preferable to plant a tall neem tree in the west or south.

  23. Chintamani says:

    Dear sir,
    My home is facing northeast,and theplot facing towards northwest.there is a plastic goddown in my northeast which 15 ft wall blocks sun rays from north . So i leave a 6 ft path(varandah) from north corner to enter my house from plot having a belltree(lord Shivas belpata) allready in eastern corner and a guava tree next to it twowards home southwest,Northwest ,southeast are free.please suggest where to plant ashoka and amla tree.
    Hi Chintamani,
    Plant tall trees in the S, SW.

  24. Swarnalakshmi says:

    Sir I havplanted frangipani tree in front of the house is it good
    Hi Swarnalakshmi,
    It is fine.

  25. Mjey says:

    I have planted a “murungai” tree at the SW corner of my backyard. My front entrance is facing East. Elders in the family say the tree shouldnt be planted within d compound but outside the gate. Please adviseif I should remove the tree.
    Hi Mjey,
    A drumstick tree is very useful as its leaves and fruit are edible and tasty and have medicinal properties. So according to me it is a useful plant. But if you are getting affected by the advice of the elders you must think about whether you want it or not. iT is a personal choic.

  26. Sumagopal says:


    Is it okay if i plant one Muringa tree in my garden?
    Hi Sumagopal,
    According to me a Muringa or Drumstick tree is a useful one, as it has medicinal value and its leaves and produce are good to eat. So there is no harm in having one in your garden

  27. iranee enayeth says:

    Hi which direction is most suitable to plant a banana tree.
    Hi Iranee Enayeth,
    According to me the banana tree can be planted anywhere in the house compound except in the NE corner.

  28. Satish Katyarmal says:

    Shall I grow grass lawn in up down position. I planning to grow 10 ft by 80 ft areas plz guid me.
    Hi Satish,
    If you mean that you want to grow a lawn in a sloping manner or in steps, both are acceptable. Only make sure that the lawn gets direct sunlight, otherwise it may not last long.

  29. Satish Katyarmal says:

    It’s really wonderful information. It help me to plant my new garden.
    Thank You Satish for your appreciation. I am glad it was useful to you.

  30. Smriti says:

    Sir mY outermost gate is in the east and my house gate is also in the east i have a guava tree in the vacant space .it is in front of house gate and in the left side of outer gate .the location is right or wrong
    Hi Smriti,
    As long as it is not in the way of your passage to your house, it is okay.

  31. Radha Krishna says:

    Hi it will be a great helpful to me if any one suggest me: We are having a amla tree north side in my compound and it has well grown. Shall we keep the same…. thnks in advance.Radha krishna G
    Hi Radha Krishna,
    Keep it.

  32. dileep nambiar says:

    Dear sir,
    Your comment on vastu and plants was very have described it in a very simple manner with picturaisation….anybody can easily understand the subject..
    sir, my house is facing south,having only a distance of 3 meter from the compound wall….since we have paved interlock ,unable to prevent the heavy dust from the road,which have a bend starting near my home..whats your suggestion about planting some shrubs on the southeast,south area to prevent dust…the issue is that,we have paved interlocks in these area…the only way is to grow plants in pot…sir please help to select the ideal plants for this area
    hope your kind help
    Hi Dileep,
    First of all, thank you for the appreciation. It is a good idea to grow shrubs as they can cut down the dust and sound. IT is okay to grow in pots but after a while, the surrounding area will start getting dirty. So maybe you can build a flower trough near the compound wall and then grow the shrubs.

  33. Saurabh Ashish says:

    I have a peepal plant in a pot what should i do where should i place it till its little growth.
    Hi Saurabh Ashish,
    Obviously you cannot plant it near your house as its roots will destroy your house foundation. So the only thing you could possibly do, is to keep it in the pot and probably keep trimming it.

  34. leelasastry says:

    when mango leaves are made in to a garland and hung on the main during all functions , how can you suggest that has to be cutif a branch from neighbouring house comes in to our house . I feel it is anuninvited and auspicious guest .
    Hi Leela Sastry,
    There are always different ways of looking at things. You could look at the protruding branch of a neighbours tree as an uninvited but auspicious guest or as an obstruction to the light and ventilation to your house. It is how one chooses to look at it.


    Can we plant Akaththi (Agathi)plant in our house garden?
    same says it’s not good for hose hold,is there truth in it? any reason behind it?
    Hi Umakanthan,
    The plant is named “Agastya” because its flowers bloom on the Agastya star day of Sharad Ritu (autumn). All parts of this plant serve some medicinal purpose and the leaves, pods and flowers are used in cooking. So, being a useful plant, I believe it can be planted in the house compound.

  36. Rajasingam says:

    Dear sir, Is planting Drumstick tree in home garden ? If yes, which direction is most recommended.
    Hi Rajasingam,
    I am getting a lot of queries regarding drumstick plant because many vastu sites say that it is not a good plant to have in the house compound. But I have classified as good or bad depending on their usefulness. If a plant/tree is useful medicinally or for its produce, then in my eyes it is good to have it in your garden. So by that premise, a drumstick is worth having. Plant it in the backyard.

  37. J n jha says:

    Sir , I have north east facing home …and a peepal tree is south of my house ( 8 feets from house boundry)
    How it will affect me.
    Hi J N Jha,
    A Peepal tree though religious, has got very far spreading roots and can damage your house foundation. 8 feet is not enough to prevent the roots from penetrating your foundation. If you feel the need to retain the tree, then dig a deep trench near your house and build a rcc wall to prevent the roots from reaching the house.

  38. E. Palanivel says:

    Sir, my house in East facing shall I plant a neem tree in front of the compound in left side
    Hi Palanivel,
    Yes you can do that.

  39. Haniya Desai says:

    hi sir
    Nice information I heard that pomegranate tree is very auspicious and good for money and bilipatra tree in which direction we should plant and on which day
    Please give ur comment
    Haniya desai
    Hi Haniya Desai,
    Pomegranate is a useful tree and can be planted anywhere in the compound as it is not a very tall and shady tree.

  40. Akash says:

    Sir I want to know whether I can plant annar tree in my house in the pot.
    Hi Akash,
    You can but I do not know whether it will yield fruit in abundance.

  41. santhosh says:

    I plan to buy a 2 floor building of 600Sq ft. near to the wall of building a banyan tree is there which was around 30 years.
    whether is it ok?
    Hi Santhosh,
    I suggest you check whether the foundation of the building is intact before you buy this building. Get it checked by an engineer.

  42. Prem Kumar Sharma says:

    Can a Moringa (drum stick) tree can be planted in the front court yard of a East facing house? Does Vastu Shastra prohibits this?
    Hi Prem Kumar Sharma,
    A drumstick tree can be planted anywhere except maybe in the NE corner.

  43. raghu says:

    There is a pepal tree next to our compound around 20 fts distance is it harmful to us according to vastu ?
    Hi Raghu,
    A distance of 20′ maybe okay but dig below to check if the roots are creeping towards your house.

  44. sandhiya says:

    Can we keep aloe Vera in home ,if yes inside compound wall or outside gate? Here in my area many people kept it in the compound wall near entrance as they told it is to keep evil eye away. Is that true?
    Hi Sandhya,
    Aloe vera is a useful plant and can be grown in the house compound. If you believe in this superstition, then go ahead and follow the same as it will reassure you.

  45. Deepa Jaligama says:

    Hi Sir,
    My house is east facing. Can we grow pomegranate tree in the west as i have provision to grow plants in the west only.
    HI Deepa,
    Yes you can grow the pomegranate in the west.

  46. Amrinder says:

    Hi Sir,
    Actually I have a North West facing building. I have no space at south or at west to plant trees.But I have free space or garden in North,north-East but I want to plant trees so please suggest should I start planting trees in this free space.
    Hi Amrinder,
    You can plant trees in the North but keep only short plants in the NE corner.

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