A Symbol of East Asia
In the Eastern tradition, the Three Friends of Winter are the pine, bamboo, and plum tree. While many plants and trees begin to wither away or shed their leaves as the days become progressively colder, the pine, bamboo, and plum still display surprising signs of vitality and retain their green foliage throughout the winter.
The natural ability of these plants to withstand and even flourish in harsh environments is a symbol of perseverance under adversity. They also represent friendship and constancy during hard times.