Making sense of my photography hobby in retirement

A colourful display for the Christmas Season

Pohutukawa, New Zealand Christmas Tree, Christmas, Taranaki, Copyright Chris Gregory 2012

Pohutukawa – the New Zealand Christmas Tree

A sure sign that Christmas is near in New Zealand is when the Pohutukawa tree bursts into bloom.  This distinctive gnarly native coastal tree commences flowering towards the end of November when the season turns from spring into summer.

Pohutukawa,Flower, New Zealand, Copyright Chris Gregory 2012

The distinctive red spiky flowers present a colourful display for almost a month before the stamens drop to form a red carpet on the surrounding ground, that’s if the early summer storms don’t blow them away sooner.

2 responses

  1. twoscamps

    What a beautiful tree! A perfect Christmas tree.

    December 12, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    • Thanks. We look forward to the trees flowering every year. This year they are producing a very good display.
      Chris Gregory NZ

      December 12, 2012 at 4:33 pm

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