Plant A Tree: Eternitrees Urns FAQ

Eternitrees: Plant a Tree from Ashes

Eternitrees are biodegradable memorial tree cremation urns specifically designed to be planted in the ground along with your loved one's remains, from which a beautiful and life-sustaining tree will grow.

Q: How do the memorial trees work?

A: Our memorial trees contain an unique mix that aids in the release of beneficial plant nutrients, which are found in cremated ashes. By themselves, ashes are harmful to plants’ health and well-being. However, by planting our EterniTrees urn with your loved one’s cremated ashes, you cultivate a mixture that nourishes and sustains your memorial tree.

Q: Does my family have to send you the ashes?

A: No, we send you the urn(s). The funeral home or crematory will separate and “inurn” the ashes for you, or you can add them yourself if you are in possession of the cremains.

Q: Heaven forbid the tree should not grow. Is there any kind of guarantee or replacement policy?

A: Yes, we ensure that there are more than enough growth medium and nutrient compounds as well as seeds to neutralize the ashes’ negative effects while bringing out the positive elements, allowing the tree to be nourished and thrive. In the unlikely event that the tree does not grow or an animal eats the sapling, you may choose to have us send you replacement seeds and growth medium or an actual sapling which you can plant on the initial burial site, allowing the nutrients of your loved one to become the heart of a tree, with our compliments.

Q: Are there any reasons that maybe a community could raise an objection that might prevent the family from doing this (where they normally could plant a tree)?

A: In all the U.S., the cremated remains of people and pets are deemed to hold no health hazards to the public. The only point noted is that you should obtain permission to release your cremated remains on personal property.

Q: Is there a way to divide the ashes into multiple containers, thinking that this way, each child could plant a “mom” tree in their family’s yard?

A: The average person’s cremated remains will fit into 7 EterniTrees urns, but can be further divided. The average pet will fit in 1 urn, where a large breed dog will need 2. We designed EterniTrees to allow your loved one or pet to thrive as a living memorial and still give you the option of placing some the cremated remains in a cemetery or other place of disposition.

Q: How do I know which tree will grow suitably in my area?

A: Each product page lists the "planting zones" ideal for the type of tree. Here is a map which will assist you in choosing the ideal tree to plant in memory of your loved one:

Tree Urn Planting Zones