Baobab trees are a dangerous menace in The Little Prince
. They resemble rosebushes at first, but if they aren't carefully monitored, their roots may destroy a small planet like the little prince's
. Symbolically, the trees may represent any sort of bad habit that isn't taken care of early—the tippler's
drinking habit, for example, or the businessman's
obsession with sums. They could also be interpreted as having some historical significance, with the menace of the trees representing a problem like anti-Semitism or a person like Hitler—whose danger didn't become obvious until it was too late, prompting the German invasion of France that caused Saint-Exupéry to flee to New York.