An artist's representation of dendrophilia

Dendrophilia (or less often arborphilia or dendrophily) literally means "love of trees". The term may sometimes refer to a paraphilia in which people are sexually attracted to or sexually aroused by trees. This may involve sexual contact or veneration as phallic symbols or both.[1] Andrew Marvell made poetry using dendrophilic themes.[2][3]


A person hugging a tree

Many people use vegetables and fruits such as cucumbers or carrots to insert into their vagina or anus as an object to receive sexual pleasure or orgasms when they masturbate. In men, holes can be used inside trees or trunks, assimilating the shape of a vagina, through which the penis is inserted.

Many people experience feelings toward plants after having sex in a garden, forest, greenhouse, or bedroom with many plants. The use of flowers to caress the body is also included in dendrophilia.

It is widely regarded as illegal to act upon such thoughts in public due to Indecent exposure, and people have been arrested for such attempts [4]

In popular culture



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  2. ^ Cornes, Saskia C. C. (2017). Literature of Landscape: The Enclosure Movement in the Seventeenth Century English Imagination (Thesis). doi:10.7916/D8571KMG.
  3. ^ Reid, D. (2014). The Metaphysical Poets. Longman Medieval and Renaissance Library. Taylor & Francis. p. 216. ISBN 978-1-317-88571-9. Retrieved 2023-02-26.
  4. ^ Hughes, Jason (15 June 2023). "Naked man arrested in Wiltshire park for 'having sex with tree'". Wiltshire Times. Wiltshire Times. Retrieved 15 April 2024.
  5. ^ "In love with a melon in #CasoCerrado (VIDEO)". Telemundo. Archived from the original on December 10, 2016. Retrieved December 9, 2016.