Saturday, December 19, 2009
Scenic Sunday: Pohutukawa , the New Zealand Christmas Tree
This is a Scarlet Flowering Ironwood, and known as Metrosiderox excelsa. It blooms around Christmas and the whole tree is crimson.
The Maori word "Pohutukawa"means "sprinkled with spray", a delightful tribute to a tree that happily clings to seaside cliffs, or grows with it's roots partly submerged in the sea.
This is commonly called The New Zealand Christmas Tree.
Merry Christmas to all of you.