For their inhabitation, see Tree Nymphs' Grove.
For the creatures species of unknown origin with a similar name, see Sea Nymphs.
The Three Nymphs are based on the dryads from Greek Mythology. The most prominent Tree Nymph, Gothel, is based on Dame Gothel from the fairytale "Rapunzel" and Mother Gothel from the Disney film Tangled. The "mother" title of the Tree Nymphs, taken by both Gothel and Flora, indicates that they fill the role of Mother Nature.
Tree Nymphs are human in appearance, but with a turquoise skin tone and green-ish hair. They have the ability to glamour themselves to hide their natural skin tone and hair color. Only female Tree Nymphs have appeared so far, and it is not known whether there are any male Tree Nymphs in existence. They possess magic with a heavy focus on phytokinesis, though they can use other abilities as well. ("Flower Child")
Tree Nymphs are said to be of eternal nature; indeed, even after several thousands of years, Gothel appears the same. Despite apparently not aging, however, they can be murdered, as all of the Tree Nymphs except for Gothel were wiped out by humans wielding fire and axes. ("Flower Child")
It is possible for a Tree Nymph to procreate with a human as seen with Gothel and Hook, who are the biological parents of Alice, though it appears she has not taken on any of the Tree Nymph physical traits. ("Eloise Gardener")
Tree Nymphs seem to operate as a family, treating each other as sisters while one takes the role of mother, which can eventually be passed down to other Nymphs. Flora was the mother of the Tree Nymphs for some time and planned to pass the title to Gothel, which she fulfilled with her last words.
Tree Nymphs are largely solitary creatures, sticking to their own kind rather than interact with humans, who they find untrustworthy and believe will torture them for being magical. Despite this, when Gothel expresses interest in being a part of the human world, she is permitted to make her own choice by Flora, who gently encourages her to choose the Tree Nymphs over the humans. Furthermore, even once her actions result in the rest of the Tree Nymphs being killed, Flora does not reprimand her and states that she knows only goodness can bear sweet fruit, further emphasizing the kindhearted nature of Tree Nymph culture. The Tree Nymphs' Grove can only be accessed by those with a key, further separating Tree Nymphs from human culture. ("Flower Child")
Known Tree Nymphs
|Once Upon a Time: Season Seven|
|"Hyperion Heights":||"A Pirate's Life":||"The Garden of Forking Paths":||"Beauty":||"Greenbacks":||"Wake Up Call":||"Eloise Gardener":||"Pretty in Blue":||"One Little Tear":||"The Eighth Witch":||"Secret Garden":|
|"A Taste of the Heights":||"Knightfall":||"The Girl in the Tower":||"Sisterhood":||"Breadcrumbs":||"Chosen":||"The Guardian":||"Flower Child":||"Is This Henry Mills?":||"Homecoming":||"Leaving Storybrooke":|