The Kiwi Christmas tree: blogmas 22 December

If you’ve ever had a Christmas card from New Zealand, it may well have had a picture of some bright, red flowers on it.  These are the flowers of the pōhutukawa tree, which has earned this tree the title of New Zealand’s Christmas tree.

Wellington trees
The flowers
A bee on a flower

Pōhutukawa can also be found in Māori mythology. The young Māori warrior, Tawhaki went to find help in heaven to avenge his father’s death. However, he fell to earth and the crimson flowers are said to represent his blood.

Tree, Wellington

Check out Project Crimson to read about the preservation of these trees.

More brilliant flowers

Just one more post to go before Christmas Eve, so thanks to all the bloggers and readers out there who have supported me through blogmas – almost there!

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