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Motorway Sculpture: Pohutukawa

Motorway Sculpture: Pohutukawa

Motorway Sculpture: Pohutukawa

This sculpture is is a stylised pohutukawa flower and is located where the the Hobson Street traffic pours into the motorway south, and into the northwestern motorway. Design by Rod Slater, who appears to have been an engineer involved in the motorway project.…

Yellow Pohutukawa

Yellow Pohutukawa

Yellow Pohutukawa

This is the uncommon yellow counterpart to the showy red pohutukawa (metrosideros excelsa) that is starting to flower everywhere (shown in the post of November 30). The yellow variety (metrosideros excelsa aurea) was first discovered on Motiti Island (near Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty) in 1940, but is now more widespread and available in plant centres.…

Pohutukawa in Flower

Pohutukawa in Full Bloom

Pohutukawa in Full Bloom

It is the season to show the beautiful pohutukawa flowers. Some of the trees make really fluffy displays, like the one above, next to New World in New Lynn (I think that it is mainly younger trees which have these full blooms).…

Pohutukawa

Pohutukawa Blossom

Pohutukawa Blossom

At this time of year there has to be a picture of pohutukawa in bloom.

Incidentally, this blog started four years ago, also with pohutukawa blossom. Thanks to all viewers who helped make this such a pleasant experience.…

Yellow Pohutukawa

Yellow Pohutukawa

Yellow Pohutukawa

Much less common and not quite as conspicuous as our red pohutukawa is the yellow variety (metrosideros excelsa aura). This fine specimen in full bloom is at the corner of West Coast and Clayburn Roads, Kelston.

(I showed the same tree four years ago.)…

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