Kumquat tree full of beautiful fruit filled with good blessings for the coming year, Hanoi, Vietnam.
Kumquat tree full of beautiful fruit filled with good blessings for the coming year.

If you live in Hanoi, an absolute minimum Tet item that you need, is a kumquat tree in your living room.  This tree is very symbolic to Tet.  If you rent a house there, it is very common that the landlord will give you one.

Motorbike in Hanoi, Vietnam has 2 large trees and cover has fallen over his eyes . . .I am not sure what is worse ?? 1. that he has 2 very big heavy kumquat trees on board or 2. that he can't see ??
I am not sure what is worse ?? 1. that he has 2 very big heavy kumquat trees on board or 2. that he can’t see ??

The kumquat tree symbolizes gold, wealth, unity and perfection.  So the selection on each tree purchased is not taken lightly.  Each tree comes fully laden with hundreds of mandarins (tiny oranges) which symbolize the blessings the family hopes for the coming year.

Tet overview - Melia Hotel, Hanoi, Vietnam - this card was hung on a kumquat tree outside their lobby.
Tet overview – Melia Hotel – this card was hung on a kumquat tree outside their lobby.

The peach blossom is considered the most auspicious flowers of all as it produces a peach which is a symbol of long life.  It also has magical powers so is the strongest defence one has against anything evil.

Kumquat delivery late for delivery (pre 2007 helmet law), Hanoi, Vietnam.
Kumquat delivery late for delivery (pre 2007 helmet law), Hanoi, Vietnam.
Huge orchid plant for Tet gets tied down on back of motorbike., Hanoi, Vietnam.
Huge orchid plant for Tet gets tied down on back of motorbike.

Other plants of great significance are the bonsai; chrysanthemum and marigold as they too symbolize longevity.

Traffic jam showing at least 6 kumquat trees on the move.
Just before Tet, a traffic jam in Hanoi showing at least 6 kumquat trees on the move.