One of the primary attributes of a wand is the wood that the shaft is made from. Woods that are used in wand-making have a specific meaning that contributes to the characteristics of the wand and to its choosing of their witch or wizard.
Not all trees can produce wand quality wood. According to Garrick Ollivander, it takes years of experience to tell which trees have the gift. Finding Bowtruckles nesting in the leaves is a good sign of which trees these are, as they never inhabit mundane trees.
Wand Wood Meanings
Acacia – Unusual wand wood. Creates tricky wands. Often refuse to produce magic for any but their owner, and also withhold their best effects from all but those most gifted. Because of this, difficult to place. Powerful when well matched.
Alder – Unyielding wood. The ideal owner is not stubborn or obstinate, often helpful and considerate. Often seeks those with opposite character to its own. When well placed it is a loyal helpmate. Best suited to non-verbal spell work.
Applewood – Powerful and best suited to someone of high aims and ideals. Wood mixes poorly with Dark magic. Owners are said to be well-loved and long-lived. Applewood wand owners seem to have an unusual ability to converse with other magical beings in their native tongue. Gentle, outdoorsy wood. Finds favor with students skilled in Herbology or Care of Magical Creatures. Tends to get overwhelmed easily, thus is rarely used with powerful cores.
Ash – Cleaves to its one true master. Witches and wizards best suited to ash wands are not easily swayed from their beliefs or purposes. Sometimes associated with the Dark Arts. Excels at Dark magic, but is also good for Transfiguration. Often tends to bond to good diviners.
Aspen – Wand-quality aspen wood is white and fine-grained. Highly prized by wand-makers for its resemblance to ivory. Usually outstanding for Charmwork. The owner of an aspen wand is often an accomplished duelist or destined to become so. An aspen wand is particularly suited to martial magic. Aspen wand owners are generally strong-minded. Not as good with healing magic.
Beech – The true match for a beech wand will be, if young, wise beyond their years, if full-grown, rich in understanding and experience. Perform weakly for the narrow-minded and intolerant. When properly matched the beech wand is capable of a subtlety and artistry rarely seen in any other wood. Strong neutral wood with no particular strengths or weaknesses.
Birch – Has a reputation for weakness, but it is actually one of the finest Light wand woods in existence. Associated with driving out evil spirits (thus will produce a strong Patronus) and with healing magic.
Black Ironwood – This African import will sink, rather than float, in water. This wood is rarely used in wand-making as its weight impedes spell-casting and it is almost useless under water.
Blackthorn – This unusual wand wood is best suited for a warrior. They are very useful for offensive Hexes. Wands made of Blackthorn appear to need to pass through danger or hardship with their owner to truly bond.
Black Walnut – This beautiful dark wood is more decorative than Dark. Wands of this wood seek a master of good instincts and powerful insight. These wands are particularly attuned to inner conflict and react poorly to deceptive wielders. Black Walnut wands excel at Charmwork.
Cedar- Cedar wands seek those with loyalty and strength of character. The witch or wizard who is well-matched with a cedar wand has the potential to be a frightening adversary. This wand wood has particular skill in protective spells.
Cherry – This wand wood gives consistent results at all magic, save the Dark Arts. Cherry with a Phoenix Feather is a good combination for a Light wizard. When teamed with a Dragon Heartstring, it should only be wielded by one with exceptional self-control and strength of mind.