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Native One Of A Kind New Zealand Fiery Red Tree

Updated on December 6, 2011

Coastal Tree Of New Zealand-Full Picture of Pohutukawa end of article.

New Zealand Pohutukawa Flower
New Zealand Pohutukawa Flower

Pohutukawa Native Tree Of New Zealand

The New Zealand Pohutukawa

( pronounced> Paw-who-tu-ka-wa)

The Fiery Red Flowering Pohutukawa Tree of New Zealand ,also known as the Christmas Tree ,as it breaks forth in a brilliant display of fire red flowers throughout the Christmas period ,has always been one of my favourite trees. Stunning and beautiful.!!

I have quite a few favourite flowers which always seem to evoke all kinds of happy ,peaceful moments, but I always seem to come back to the Pohutukawa flower. My dad was the real gardener in our family when I was growing up and he made it all look so simple and effortless. The rest of us pottered around or started our flowerbeds with a hiss and a roar ,only to end up losing interest along the way.

The NZ Pohutukawa is also known as the New Zealand Christmas Tree since its flowers bloom prolifically in December.

Beautiful Friendly and Useful

Pure and Natural
Pure and Natural

Surviving Coastal Area In Style!!

Coastal Evergreen Tree ..with brilliant red flowers from November to Jan,native to New Zealand ,but also growing in other parts of the world ( see link)

Conservation I read some time ago of a group of dedicated people calling themselves the "Crimson Brigade' who actively seek to educate and protect this tree from its newest threat , the introduced Brush-tail Possum which strips the tree of its leaves.


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    • Eaglekiwi profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from -Oceania

      Hi Davidseeger-Thankyou for your thoughtful comments.

      I am constantly amazed at how stunning plants and fauna are and especially unique to their environments.

      I definatley will check out your Oklahoma Redbud Tree!

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      8 years ago from Bethany, OK

      Tis a beautiful tree in bloom. I imagine it is a fantastic display.

      I can't resist throwing a mention of our native Oklahoma Redbud tree. In the spring it is just fantastic. Unfortunately the rest of the year it looks pretty dreary.

    • Eaglekiwi profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from -Oceania

      Kia Ora Mandy, wow your work sounds awesome ,Id love to do that ,if only I had a creative bone in my body ,my dad was an artist though and his genes skipped me but at least two of my sons have it,I should get them to draw me something and send it to mama.

      Your Avatar the Pukeko? the babies have the cutest biggest feet aye lol,they used to plod around not to far from me in ChCh.

      Ha, the forums ,fun sometimes but it dont help my score ( like I thought it was sposed too) so its cool for givin my 2cents worth.

      btw I sent you an email few days back too ,you get it?

      Man its hot again today, and we are helping someone move today,easy money too. Guess I can just sweat it out

      Check out this hub

      grrrr ..I need a break lol

    • mandybeau profile image


      9 years ago

      Kia Ora, They flowered later this year, seasons mucked up so no long Summer OOOOOWH I am just doing some separatrions, and I am hand colouring each pohutokawa leaf, twice once cyan, and another in green for seps, for a card the Lady doesn't like computergraphic work so its all hand done, beach bach scene. they make New Zealand cards.

      Kiwiana I have done marmite jars, and jandals gumboots Kiwis, you name it.

      have a good night, see you are chasing me up the top ten forum  users on Hubbers Hangout, So for a small country we are doing good.


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      9 years ago from Hungary

      Hey, it was my pleasure reading your hub and comments. I wish you the best with putting down the cigarette.

    • Eaglekiwi profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from -Oceania

      Thats the best reason Iv heard today to like New Zealand! Thankyou for stopping by and leaving a comment too.

    • Haunty profile image


      9 years ago from Hungary

      Personally, I love NZ because of my favorite sauvignon blanc :))

    • Eaglekiwi profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from -Oceania

      comp Im so happy NZ is in your plans ,make sure you le me know so I can there too.! we can share a chardonnay ( or 2) under the tree lol

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      Tony T 

      9 years ago from London UK

      New Zealand is in my plans to visit someday!

      I love trees (not a tree hugger lol) and that looks beautiful!

    • Eaglekiwi profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from -Oceania

      Glad to have shared something new with you then ,wished I could say I had green fingers too ,I dont ,Im more likely to be under that tree with a good book. Thankyou for your comments.

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      William F Torpey 

      9 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      Pretty flower, pretty tree. I'm not big on flowers myself, Eaglekiwi, but I do love red roses, tulips and lilacs. My cousin has been a florist all his life and still operates his Cascade Florist shop in Hartsdale, N.Y. But the Powhutukawa is new to me.

    • Eaglekiwi profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from -Oceania

      thelesleyshow you are so kind and Im sure that tree is magical !aloof and stunning in flower and I think I really like about it is they withstand windy coastal areas.

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      9 years ago from US

      What an exquiste tree! I never even knew it existed until now. Thank you for sharing this. Thumbs up!

    • Eaglekiwi profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from -Oceania

      Ya nut lol, oops thanks for the compliment ,thought it was time I got outta bed! lol

    • Eaglekiwi profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from -Oceania

      Thanks for stopping by and Im glad you enjoyed reading bout the Pohatukawa, it is pretty .

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      Candie V 

      9 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      That tree is nothing short of spectacular! Wow! It is so much fun to see what's in other parts of the world! Thank you!

    • Eaglekiwi profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from -Oceania

      Loved your question ,thanks for reading!

    • dwilliamson profile image


      9 years ago from Kamloops, BC

      Hi Eaglekiwi, thank you for answering my request. I really enjoyed your hub.


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