Acacia sprigs were planted in Israel to mark the location of a grave, as well as a symbol to demonstrate their belief in immortality. Acacia are hardy evergreen plants that can survive in arid lands such as the Middle East. It has deep roots to gather the necessary water for survival in the dry, dusty soil. Both the Hebrews and the Egyptians believed that because of its hardiness, durability and evergreen nature, that this tree was a symbol of both innocence and immortality.
Freemasons see the sprig of acacia as a symbol of the immortality of the soul. It is used prominently during Masonic funeral rituals. A sprig is presented by the Worshipful Master and placed onto the coffin with the following words: “This sprig of acacia is an emblem of our abiding faith in the immortality of the soul. By it we are reminded that we have an immortal part within us which will survive the grave and which will never, never, never die. This emblem I also place with you, my Brother.”