Every type of wood symbolises different qualities and strengths (along with weaknesses). Read on below to find out more about the wood types available for your custom wand. If you are still unable to pick one, feel free to take our quiz to help you narrow down the possibilities.







Acacia wands often won't produce magic for any but their owners, who tend to be subtle wizards, not prone to flashy magic.


Alder is extremely rare, as many wandmakers will refuse to take wood
from an alder. The ‘bleeding’, turning from white to red, is considered
to be inauspicious. The few wands made of alder are often those with
strongly opposing cores (such as doxy wings and phoenix feather), as the
wood imposes balance.


Apple is a gentle, outdoorsy wood that would find favor with a
student skilled in Herbology or Care of Magical Creatures. It tends to
get overwhelmed easily, and is thus rarely used with powerful cores
(multiple dragon heartstrings or phoenix feathers, for example).


Ash is slightly associated with the Dark Arts, as the ash tree is said
to ‘strangle’ the plants around it. It does excel at Dark magic, but is
also good for Transfiguration. They also tend to bond to good Diviners.


An aspen wand is often coupled with duelists or other martial magic
users, generally strong-minded and determined, more likely than most to
be attracted by quests and new orders; this is a wand for


A wand wood for the wise, beech is capable of great subtlety and
artistry. It performs weakly for the narrow-minded and intolerant.


Much like their owners, birch wands are tolerant, resilient and tough.
Their wielders are often driven, and known for their zeal. Ambitious and
energetic, they constantly seek out new horizons. Like rowan, these
wands have a distinct antipathy to Dark Arts.

Black Ironwood

An African import, remarkable in that it will sink rather than float in
water. Although its strength might imply a powerful wandwood, it is
rarely used, even in African wandcraft- its weight, particularly in
longer wands, impedes spellcasting, and it is next-to-useless


Blackthorn is best suited to a warrior. These wands are very useful for offensive hexes.

Black Walnut

Highly empathic to the inner turmoil of its wielder. Black walnut reacts
poorly to deceptive wielders. Those with good instincts and powerful
insight are the best matches for black walnut wands.

Blue Spruce

Like spruce, a strong wood that excels in everything except the Dark
Arts. However, a witch or wizard with a strong personality can coax more
out of a blue spruce wand than a spruce one.


Cedar is a rather docile wandwood with particular skill in protective spells. Cedar wand wielders often become potent Occlumens.


Held in high esteem in Japan, this is a rare wood with a reputation for
strange potency. It is known for lethal power when paired with any core.
However, if paired with dragon heartstring, it should only be teamed
with a strong-minded wizard of exceptional self-control.


While attracted to those skilled in herbology, taming magical beasts and
natural fliers, chestnut displays little personality of its own.
Instead, it tends to take on the personality of its core and/or its


Associated with valor, cypress wands find their soul-mates among those whose nature is bold, courageous and self-sacrificing.


Known for its playful nature, dogwood can be mischievous and quirky. It
requires an ingenious, clever owner with a taste for excitement and fun.
It is capable of producing dazzling enchantments and serious magic;
however, some refuse to perform non-verbal spells.


Frequently paired with non-conformists and distinct individuals, ebony
is happiest when in the hands of those who are unafraid of being
themselves. The wood is jet-black, lending to its impressive reputation
of being highly suited to combative magic and transfiguration.


Although it is rumored that the most powerful wand in existence was made
of elder, it is not a particularly common wandwood, if only because
when elder wands backfire, they often kills the wandmaker or wielder.


Known for causing the least accidents; elm produces highly sophisticated
wands that are capable of advanced magic. Renowned for producing
elegant charms and spells, they prefer dignified individuals with
presence and magical dexterity.

English Oak

Staunch, loyal and true, English oak is drawn to individuals of great
strength, fidelity and courage. Owners also tend to have powerful
intuition, and an affinity with the magic of the natural world.


Eucalyptus trees grow quickly, so these wands channel that liveliness to
be both willing and powerful. However, they are rather rare, and are
most commonly Australian imports.


Crafted from the most resilient trees, fir wands demand stamina from
their owners. They favor strong-minded and focused individuals, and they
prove changeable indecisive in the wrong hands. Fir is also
particularly suited to transfiguration.


This is a highly unusual wandwood, and is rarely seen in the West. For
over a millenium, it competed with plum as the most popular Chinese
wandwood, however, as gingko trees ceased to be a wild species, the wood
began losing favor. The commonly held perception that wild woods lead
to stronger wands means that modern gingko wands are fairly rare. This
is not to say that gingko is not a useful wandwood: it has great staying
power, and is good for calming tempermental cores.


Hawthorn is paradoxical and difficult to master. Adept at both curses
and healing magic, it is most comfortable when paired with one enduring a
time of turmoil. Only those with proven talent should handle hawthorn,
as their spells can backfire when mishandled.


Hazel absorbs the emotions its owner, and is best suited to one with
good emotional control. It produces outstanding magic; and its devotion
is legendary, as the wand often "wilts" upon the death of an owner.
Hazel also has the unique ability to detect concealed springs and wells.
When passing over any hidden, natural water source, the hazel wand will
emit a silver, tear-shaped puff of smoke.


Hemlock is a ‘quick’ wandwood and allows for fast reactions, and makes an excellent potion stirrer.


Somewhat rare and traditionally viewed as protective, holly is a good match for those in need of overcoming anger and impetuousness. They are also known to choose individuals undergoing a dangerous or spiritual quest. Holly is volatile, varying dramatically depending on its core; and it is rarely paired with phoenix feather due to conflicting natures. May not be paired with a phoenix feather core.


Suited to one of single-minded passion or vision (some call it
obsession), hornbeam chooses truly talented individuals. It adapts more
quickly to the owner's style of magic than any other, becoming
personalized extremely fast. Also, hornbeam absorbs its owner's code of
honor, refusing to perform any act that goes against their principles.


Protective and tenacious, ivy wands are a powerful force to be reckoned
with when teamed with a suitable partner. It can be contrary and
difficult to master initially; but in time, will take on the
characteristics of their owner.


A lovely yellow wandwood of Japanese origin, it is extremely rare in
British wandmaking. However, those bonded to Kaya wands will find their
abilities in logical arts, such as Potions, Astronomy, Ancient Runes,
and Arithmancy, boosted.


Larch has a well-deserved reputation as an attractive and powerful wood
that is known for instilling courage and confidence in its owner.
Although much sought-after, it is difficult to please and tricky to
handle. Larch often conceals hidden talents and unexpected effects, and
its owners tend to be similar.


Laurel cannot perform a dishonorable act, and is known to produce
powerful (sometimes lethal) magic. Intolerant of laziness, it can easily
be won away under certain conditions; but it will otherwise cleave to
its first match forever. A peculiar quirk of these wands is that they
will issue a spontaneous lightning strike if some fool attempts to steal


A beautiful evergreen from the Pacific Northwest region of North
America, it is rare in British wandmaking. However, its distinctive
peeling bark denotes its magical powers of change- hence, a powerful
wood for Transfiguration.


A beautiful and desirable wood, known for being fairly powerful, yet pliant, and excellent in transfiguration spells.

A desirable and beautiful wood, maple is both costly and seen as a
status symbol. These wands seek owners with a penchant for travel and
growth, and are happiest when paired with high-achievers.



Oak is a strong, reliable wandwood that helps with Transfiguration. However, its sturdiness means that it may take longer
to learn new spells.


A lovely but peculiar wood that must be handled carefully. While
exceptionally adept at producing healing magic, it struggles greatly
with offensive spells, and is useless for Dark magic. Olive is difficult
to pair as it seeks peace-loving individuals, and is happiest in the
hands of a pacifist.


Golden-toned pear wands are best suited to generous, warm-hearted
individuals. The owners are usually wise, well-respected and popular.
They are remarkably resilient in the face of age and use, and they are
known to possess splendid magical power.


Pine wands pair with those of mysterious airs, loners and other
intriguing individuals. Pine values being used creatively and does well
when being used in the creation of new spells.


Plum wood is not common in English wandmaking, however, it is a
traditional Chinese wandwood that has gained favor in Central Europe. It
seems to be much like applewood, if slightly more inclined to Charms.


A strong wood that can be relied upon for integrity and consistency,
poplar has a reputation for producing solid, uniform magic. It is most
at home in the hands of a witch or wizard with clear moral vision.

Red Oak

Unyielding, fierce and loyal, red oak is drawn to individuals with great
strength and a desire to help the greater good. Who have a sense of
unyielding morality and an affinity towards fire magic.


Falsely believed to be "lucky," redwood wands are simply attracted to
individuals who possess the ability to land on their feet. They require a
resilient partner who can snatch advantage from catastrophe and make
the right choices. As the trees are rare, the demand often outstrips the
supply of wand quality wood.


Bold speakers, and those possessed of an eloquent tongue are best suited
to reed wands. Owners are notably protective of friends and tend to be
of a loyal disposition. Paired with a dragon heartstring core, the
individual's loyalty is known to be fierce and admirable.


Fairly rare and seldom used, rosewood produces beautiful, sturdy wands.
They seem to be attracted to demure and artistic individuals. While they
do produce elegant charms and spells, they aren't particularly powerful


Prized for for protection, rowan wands are exceptionally adept at
defensive charms. They are noted for their disassociation with the Dark
Arts, and they to seek out pure-hearted individuals as partners. In the
right hands, they can match or outperform many other wands in a duel.


Another American wood, this is not commonly used in British wandmaking.
However, the great age of the trees gives them plenty of time to absorb
ambient magic, and hence this wood is ideal for those both strong-willed
and in touch with nature.

Silver Lime

Highly attractive and unique, silver lime was in vogue during the
nineteenth century due to its reputation for performing best in the
hands of Seers and those skilled in Legilimency. In its heyday, silver
lime was a status symbol, and unscrupulous wandmakers sometimes created
forgeries as supply outstripped demand.


Spruce requires a firm hand and a bold partner with a good sense of
humor, as it sometimes has a mind of its own. In the hands of a timid
individual, these wands can be dangerous. Upon meeting their match,
spruce wands become superb and loyal helpers, known for producing
flamboyant and dramatic magic.


A most handsome and highly prized wand woods, sycamore is highly
adaptive and capable of brilliance in the right hands. It requires a
partner who is curious, vital and adventurous, and can best be described
as a questing wand. They also have a strange propensity to
spontaneously combust if engaged too long in mundane activities.


Uncommon and possessed of a very special nature, Vine seeks out
extraordinary wizards and witches of vision and greater purpose.
Attracted to hidden depths, it appears to be more sensitive than any
other at detecting a prospective match. Some even emit magical effects
at the mere entrance into their room of a suitable owner.


Versatile and adaptable, walnut is frequently paired with innovators and
inventors as it is attracted to intelligence. Once subjugated, walnut
will perform any task desired. Lacking a moral compass, it can prove
lethal in the hands of those lacking conscience, as the owner and wand
may feed unhealthily off one another.

White Pine

White pine is a unique wandwood, as it radiates serenity. It cannot be
exhausted too much or it will strain and become quite fragile, but it is
otherwise docile and easy to work with.


Uncommon and handsome, willow judges its partner by potential, rather
than confidence. Owners are frequently troubled by some unwarranted
insecurity that they learn to overcome in time. These wands are also
reputed to be adept at non-verbal magic.


Yew wands are exceptionally rare, as are suitable partners. Ideal
matches are unusual and occasionally notorious. Never has one been
mediocre or timid. Found equally in the hands of heroes as well as
villains, yew wands are often misunderstood. They possess a fearsome
reputation for dueling prowess and curses; but in the hands of a fierce
protector they are equally powerful. Yew wands shine in the direst of

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