New Zealand Pohutukawa Tree

The pohutukawa tree (Metrosideros excelsa) with its crimson flower has become an established part of the New Zealand Christmas tradition. This iconic Kiwi Christmas tree, which often features on greeting cards and in poems and songs, has become an important symbol for New Zealanders at home and abroad. 19th-century references described the pohutukawa tree as the ‘Settlers Christmas tree’ and ‘Antipodean holly’


Pohutukawa Trees in Auckland

17 thoughts on “New Zealand Pohutukawa Tree

  1. I’m so pleased you have seen the pohutukawa tree Jude, I think they are the most stunning of all the native trees in NZ. I love the old gnarled ones that are right along the coast and have been buffeted by the winds. Pleased to hear the sun is out. Did you here that Sydney has had 7 straight days of storms? 😦 That is a record previously only had 5 continuous days. Hope it is all over by the time you get back.

    • The native plants are wonderful – and it is so green here! But then they have had a lot of rain recently and even today was cloudy with showers! Back in Sydney at the weekend so I hope the sun shines for my last few days downunder! Enough grey skies back home…

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