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Pohutukawa Blossom

Pohutukawa Blossom

The "New Zealand Christmas Tree"

My first post, and a merry Christmas to all.

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. There may have been a (rather low-key) cult following of this flower, which has even got its own page on myspace (spiky red thing). The image at The Big Idea shows clearly that once upon a time the colour of this object was a resplendent red – it has faded significantly over the years. The yellow stamens are illuminated at night – I wonder how they change the lightbulbs.

Motorway Sculpture: Pohutukawa (at night)

Motorway Sculpture: Pohutukawa (at night)

Pohutukawa Glade, Karekare

Pohutukawa Glade, Karekare

Pohutukawa Glade, Karekare

The approach to Zion Hill Track leads through this wonderful glade of mighty pohutukawa trees, only a minute from the Karekare car park.

For more black and white images check out Dragonstar’s Weekend in Black and White.

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. The tree shown here is on West Coast Road, Kelston, at the corner with Clayburn Road.

Yellow Pohutukawa

Yellow Pohutukawa

Painted Boxes: Pohutukawa Impressions (Monique Endt)

Pohutukawa Impressions (Monique Endt)

Pohutukawa Impressions (Monique Endt)

This transformer (with a fridge-like extension on the right) evokes the shapes and colours of the pohutukawa trees which are now blossoming (they are called “New Zealand Christmas Tree” for a reason). Painted by Monique Endt. Situated in Oriel Avenue, Massey East.

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 Flowers and Buds

Pohutukawa Flowers and Buds

Pohutukawa Trunk

Pohutukawa Trunk

Pohutukawa Trunk

The gnarly trunk of an old pohutukawa tree at Huia; laden with epiphytes.

For more black and white images check out Dragonstar’s Weekend in Black and White.

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.)

Yellow Pohutukawa

Yellow Pohutukawa

Red Carpet

Red Carpet

Red Carpet

Some pohutukawa trees already lose their flowers, covering the ground with a red carpet of stamens.

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