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moonlake.hubpages... Bottle trees are a long-standing Southern thing, embedded in the life tapestries of African Americans, especially in the Mississippi Delta. Traditionally, live or dead crape myrtle and cedar trees were decorated with bottles – often blue Milk of Magnesia ones – intended to trap evil spirits and prevent them from entering the house.

Bottle tree Need to leave a tree at the lot for one of these

Love the bottle tree; love the blue bottles!!

Bottle trees are everywhere where our beach house is in SC - they are an african-american folk/gullah art tradition to keep evil spirits away...may not work..but gives us a little of SC and our beach house

patio bottle tree by goadk123 (Karen)

bottle tree - For thousands of years, superstition has held that bottles can trap bad spirits at night, which are then destroyed in the next day's sunlight - legends of "bottle "imps" and genies in lamps originated in Arabia over three thousand years ago, and have been handed down through sub-Saharan Africa, up to Europe, and finally to North America.

Could I get away with putting bottles in the planters at my front door?

I would love to have a bottle tree--with as many pretty bottles as this one!

blue bottle tree... FYI: Reisling wine & Bud Light Platinum come in blue bottles

Mini Bottle Tree - I really like these! Would be nice to use along a walkway...