Bottle trees go way, way, way back. Some folks think the first bottle trees were created in Africa in the 9th Century A.D. Others believe their origin goes back much further…all the way to ancient cultures. Why a bottle tree? Apparently, it was believed you could capture any roaming, up-to-no-good, nighttime spirits. Superstition has it, they would be lured into the bottles where the morning light would destroy them. There must have been a real problem with bad spirits back in the day.