the Pohutukawa, the New Zealand 'Christmas tree' with spiky but vibrant red flowers, blooms briefly in December/January (summer in the Southern Hemisphere!) // here a blooming Pohutukawa overlooks Nelson, at the north end of the South Island, NZ // photo by Graeme Robertson

the Pohutukawa, the New Zealand 'Christmas tree' with spiky but vibrant red flowers, blooms briefly in December/January (summer in the Southern Hemisphere!) // here a blooming Pohutukawa overlooks Nelson, at the north end of the South Island, NZ // photo by Graeme Robertson

Pohutukawa tree. Known as the New Zealand Christmas Tree as it comes into full bloom for Christmas.

Pohutukawa tree. Known as the New Zealand Christmas Tree as it comes into full bloom for Christmas.

Pohutakawa tree is called the New Zealand Christmas tree

Pohutakawa tree is called the New Zealand Christmas tree

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