Thursday, December 25, 2008

Pohutukawa ( Metrosideros excelsa) ~ A Native NZ tree

The Pohutukawa tree is a coastal evergreen tree of the myrtle family, that produces a brillant display of red flowers made up of a mass of stamens.
They flower at Christmas time, so make a lovely outdoor Christmas tree.

The other photo is my window box of petunias which are making a lovely colourful display.



  1. Merry Christmas! What a beautiful tree.

  2. It looks lovely and warm where you are Carolyn! It is just around freezing here. brr! Hope you had a good Christmas and are enjoying the break.
    Regards, Lynda

  3. Yes, it is beautiful and warm over here Lynda.

    Our daughter is excited about having a winter Christmas and has done some fun things like going to the Winter Wonderland and ice skating.

    I hope that you are having a good holiday.


  4. Oh my goodness...what a beautiful tree. The color is so brilliant!
    And your flowers look so pretty. What a treat to see flowers blooming right now.

    Thank-you for sharing!
    Hugs, Nancy

  5. Seeing this tree brought back such memories for me Carolyn. When I was little, we lived in a house here in Adelaide with an enormous tree like that in the front garden, and every Christmas it would bloom like that. It was quite spectacular. Funnily enough, we were told it was a New Zealand Christmas Tree! I hadn't thought about that for ages!!!

  6. Surprise Carolyn. I was searching through some quilting blogs and found your blog listed. What a small world ah. Your garden looks beautiful. I should be out in mine right now. Hope your Mum and Dad are both recovering well. All the best for a wonderful 2009. Your old friend Karen

  7. thank you for visiting my blog.
    Always great to hear from my friends.

    Yes, the Pohutukawa is called a NZ Christmas tree, Christine.

    Karen it was so lovely to catch up with you again after, so long.

    Hugs and enjoy the holidays


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