Yeah I did say just now that it appears in classical mythology and if you read this thread you would know that I've already examined this one a bit
re women coded as trees/nature....
the Apollo/Daphne story (he chases her, she’s not keen, she calls her father to help her, he turns her into a laurel tree) from Ovid is a big inspiration for renaissance and other artists...
The Master of the Judgement of Paris - The Metamorphosis of Daphne (Barber Institute) (c.1450)
Apollo and Daphne by Veronese (c.1560-65)
Carel van Mander (c.1588)
Daphne by Wilhelm List (1899)
But what I'm saying is, isn't it odd that in recent mythology, you don't see it?