All of us will have memories or a connection with a tree from you childhood. Eating the fruits, swinging or climbing in the branches, playing in their shade, sharing picnics and BBQ's. We are grateful for their calming, peaceful yet strong presence and the important role they play in the protection of our world. They are vital in maintaining the balance of our climate and our fragile ego system. Trees are our future from storing the carbon of green house gases to nurturing animal and insect life and medicines we know and are yet to be discovered.
You also need to decide what to plant, a native tree such as puriri, pohutukawa, kowhai etc are firm favourites, rose bushes, flowering shrubs or a fruit tree so you can enjoy the harvests are something to consider too.
The final decision is when, will you do this days after the birth or later, at a time convenient. Many bury the placenta days after the birth and then plant the tree on baby's first birthday. You could have a naming ceremony at the same time or just pick any beautiful day that tickles your fancy.