Advent Day 12 – Pohutakawa Tree

Each year in December or early January I make my long trek south to New Zealand to visit family and I am amazed at the way in which a traditional summer flowering tree has become to the Kiwi Christmas what the poinsettia is to a European Christmas.

The Pohutakawa tree is a member of the myrtle family and thrives in coastal and rocky areas. As you can see it has the most fantastic bright red summer blossom along with shiny evergreen leaves.

(Pohutakawa by Sids1, CC BY 2.0 via Flickr)