Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Pohutukawa in flower

December is the month when we get a special treat. It's looking at all the beautiful crimson flowers that are blossoming on the native Pohutukawa trees (sometimes known as the NZ Christmas tree).
Here is a photo of one of our young trees, which is flowering for the first time this year:
We have planted lots of these, as hedging, so in a few years they will look stunning when all in flower.

Here is a bigger tree down at the local beachfront:
And one up in Whangarei (our nearest big town):
For a little more on the NZ Pohutukawa tree see here.

5 comments:

Laura@OurWeeFarm said...

isn't it just gorgeous to see them all out. I love them. Our one is very late this year, though and still just has lots of buds all over it!

BLD in MT said...

What a gorgeous tree! I've never heard of them before so thank for broadening my horizons! They are lovely and would make a stunning hedge when in bloom.

Maa said...

They're pretty when in flower, Bridget. I can see why the call them Christmas tree. When I first saw the(thumbnail) picture on my sidebar, I thought you may have decorated a tree outside.

Maa

Tanya said...

Thanks for showing us these. I have never seen them before and they are quite spectacular.

Gill - That British Woman said...

what a stunning tree/bush, never seen one before. Do you have a close up of the flower you could show us?

Gill in Canada