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In my backyard, I have a tree whose fruit is colored bottles, and it serves a useful purpose. The bottles trap and kill evil spirits. During the night, evil spirits wander into the bottles, and they canâ€™t find their way outâ€”basically like a lobster trap for spirits. Then, when the morning sunlight hits the bottles, the evil spirits, which donâ€™t like sunlight, are burned away. Poof!
Skeptical? Whereâ€™s your sense of mystery? The bottle tree legend is believed to have originated in Africa and been brought to the states with African slaves, which is why youâ€™re more likely to see one in the South. Being a transplanted Yankee, Iâ€™d never seen a bottle tree until I experienced one years ago at The Antique Rose Emporium in Brenham, Texas. It was a thing of beauty, and a sign nearby explained the legend. I thought the idea was so cool that I wanted to have one, but I needed the right structure. Some people use welded metal rods, but I wanted something more organic. So, when our Majestic Indian Hawthorn tree died last year, I saw an opportunity to have a bottle tree although I knew it would take some work.