Bios Memorial Tree

(21 customer reviews)
  • Designed to turn the ashes of your loved one into a tree.
  • Unique design.
  • Choice of seeds.
  • Beautiful symbolism.
  • Made from sustainable materials.


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Bios Memorial Tree

The Bios Memorial Tree is something we love, an urn designed to hold ashes and compost, where a seed or sapling can grow. It uses the natural qualities of the ash (phosphate) as a type of fertiliser.

It has been designed by Martín Ruiz de Azúa a Spanish conceptual designer.

The Bios is a biodegradable urn. Made from coconut shell, compacted peat and cellulose and inside it has the seed. We think this is superb – the tree has a direct connection with the ashes, as it find nourishment from them, a life from a life.

Bios Memorial Trees are designed to turn the ashes into a tree (or other plant). Thanks to its design and manufacture, the urn provides proper germination and later growth of the tree from a person’s ashes. In this way, death becomes a transformation and return to life by means of nature.

The Bios offers users an alternative for remembering their loved one. In a natural, sustainable fashion, thereby turning the “death” process into regeneration, by returning life by means of nature.

Planting a Memorial Tree

The Bios is very simple to use. First, you place the ashes in the lower cone, closing the urn with the top capsule. Then open and mix the components in the top capsule, adding soil from the site where we are going to plant the urn. The top capsule will become the perfect growth medium to allow the growth of the seed. Finally, you add the seed in the upper capsule.

For faster growth, and greater certainty, you can replace the seed with another type of sapling, shrub or plant: we recommend using a native plant that is good in alkaline soils. The Royal Horticultural Society has a good advice page.

Plant the Bios Memorial Tree Urn about 3-5 cm from the soil surface. Once planted, make sure the seed has the right water and humidity levels.

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21 reviews for Bios Memorial Tree

  1. Dean

    I’m wondering how much ashes you need is there a certain point in the urn that you need because some of my dads have already been scattered only have halve left, aslong can you get small trees ?

  2. Ronnie

    I recently placed an order of a bio tree which I requested a next day delivery slot if at all possible. Well i took delivery today and I would like to thank you for such an amazing product and service. From the correspondence by email, chatting on the phone and now the speedy delivery.  I will be recommending your service to friends as soon as I can.

    Kind Regards

  3. Pat Crossland

    Just discovered this and think it is a wonderful idea….my ? is does it matter what religion you were born to and do you HAVE to have an undertaker to sort out the details….both my husband & I have talked about what we want to happen to our ashes when we die and this would be an excellent idea….my problem is WHERE would we go? Do cemeteries let you plant them in their ground?

    • Richard Martin

      Concerning what faith you were born into, the executor of your estate will carry out your wishes as long as there are permitted.
      Just to be clear, I would advise a funeral director for the actual funeral, they do not need to be involved with the ashes and generally they are not (although they will fill the urn if you wish).
      The location is up to you: either land that you own or where you have permission form the landowner eg a green burial site.
      I hope that helps
      Kind regards

  4. William Fox

    This sounds wonderful.
    Can I ask a question? I am disabled and will need to move houses in a few years.
    Do you have a small / dwarf tree that would fit in a medium sized pot that
    could be moved to a new home? Thank You!

    • Richard Martin

      Dear William
      Yes lots of people put the ashes into pots so they can be transported. However, we don’t supply the tree or shrubs.
      Kind regards

  5. Carlo

    thinking of buying this to use with out pet ashes. Would it be possible to use it in a large vase? Seed would have to be a plant rather than a tree.
    Any suggestions appreciated

  6. Paul Norman

    Dear BMT,

    How long can the urn be stored for before it’s used and would it require any care?

    • Richard Martin

      There is no time limit. But the urn needs to be stored somewhere dry and cool.

  7. Kim Lintern

    Hello, May I ask where the tree would be planted?? I am from Somerset UK. Any further info would be gratefully received via email. Thank you KL

    • Richard Martin

      The choice of location is entirely up to you. You may choose your own garden, but remember you may always live there. If it is publicly land you would need to ask the permission of the local authority.

  8. Megan

    Is it possible to choose a tree?
    We are very keen on an oak tree and a cherry blossom (separately) for our late grandparents.

    • Hannah (verified owner)

      Hi Megan,
      We usually supply the Bios with an Oak seed however you can of course purchase a different seed or sapling from a garden centre to use instead.

  9. Barry Naude

    Hi there.
    I think this is the most awesome idea that anybody has come up with.
    Before my mother died I made a promise to take her ashes back home to the UK.
    I have just decided that I want one of these urns for her with the seeds of a rose bush ,and I really hope I can put her to rest on my grandfathers grave or in the centre of the family plot.Thank you so much and I wil be in touch as soon as I am in England.

  10. Tim Longson

    My mother loved Christmas more than anyone I have ever met. She would start celebrating Christmas in September if we let her. My favourite day of the year was going out with mum and dad and choosing a Christmas tree, taking it home and decorating it. Mum passed away and I can not think of a better way to honour her than to incorporate her ashes into the life of a Christmas tree! That way she can still be part of Christmas, which she loved more than anything, and be the centre of attention and focus of Christmas, and I know one of her favourite Christmas song was “Oh Christmas Tree”. And the fact that they are ever green also makes them attractive. Ideally dad and I would want a slow growing Christmas tree, so it doesn’t become too big to be inside (10 foot ceilings) too quickly, with a long life expectancy. Can you please recommend a species / confirm that this would be a good idea? My initial research suggests that the traditional Norway Spruce tree could be a reasonable candidate as they can live 1,000 years, and are classified as quite slow growing at 1 to 3 feet a year – although I would prefer slower ideally, ideally something which could live inside for 20+ years before becoming to big to stay inside.
    Many thanks

    • Richard

      Tim, I am afraid I am not expert in which tree would be appropriate, I have directed customers towards the fabulous RHS – this is their page on Christmas Trees https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=374 I do hope it s some use.

  11. Deborah

    Could u use rowan tree seeds?

    • Richard

      Yes you could – A small sapling may be better.

  12. Mandi

    Hi Richard
    Would a willow tree be suitable? My son wanted this and a willow tree.

    • Richard

      Willow may be sensitive to the alkalinity that the ashes create.I will email a another suggestion

  13. jeanette doohan

    I think this is a fanastic idea. Instead of cemeteries full of coffins. It would be so much nicer if it was full of trees, waving in the wind to their loved one`s when they visit . I would love to do this. They can come and visit and watch me grow. 🙂

  14. gary

    Love this idea I think I’ll do it

  15. Lexi

    Do you ship to the United States?

    • Kaz

      Hi Lexi

      We do ship to the United States but there is an additional charge which is dependant upon how quickly you want it and where you live. If you do still wish to go ahead please email me your rough address details and I will work out the cost for you.


  16. Francesca Monaghan

    Hi could the tree maybe be a fruit tree?

    • Richard

      I suppose, as we didn’t design these I could not guarantee any other seeds. However the ashes are slightly acidic so fruit trees more tolerant to these conditions would work better.

  17. Julia

    What permissions do you have to get regarding where the tree is planted?

    • Richard

      The landowners. Be minded land can change hands and what was once serene countryside can be developed, so choose somewhere away from an urban fringe.

  18. Helen Page

    I think this is a wonderful idea but it would be lovely if you could offer a range of trees, i.e. native deciduous as well as pines/firs. I personally would love a monkey puzzle because I can be somewhat prickly at times, so it would be nice to have a tree that reflects my personality after I’m gone.

    • Richard

      What a nice thought.

  19. Angie

    I think this is a fantastic idea. Would it be wise to buy the urn and seed years before it wad needed to be able to put away with a will for the future ot wouldnt the urn and seed last?

    • Richard

      The urn would last if stored in a dry place, as for the seed I suppose that would too – you could always replace it.

  20. Adrienne

    I understand the Aleppo pine cannot survive our cold winters. Do you supply different seeds suitable for the British climate?

    • Richard

      Dear Adrienne

      I guess like many plants it depends on where you plant it and how it is looked after, the design of the urn isn’t dependant upon the seed so we could source another seed if you would like, did you have anything in mind?

      Kind regards

      • Adrienne

        I would really like a flowering cherry or something similar if it is possible. I am going to be ordering the Bios urn today. Adrienne

  21. ben

    What tree seed is planted within the package???

    • Richard

      It is a Pine seed.

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