Pohutukawa treePohutukawa branchPohutukawa trunk
Phhutukawa flower

Pohutukawa Metrosideros excelsa - Christmas Tree

Distribution: Coastal.

About: The Pohutukawa is an evergreen of the myrtle family and it's one of twelve Metrosideros species endemic to New Zealand. A brilliant display of red flowers comprising of stamens can be seen in mid to late December - hence the Pohutukawa's nick name 'Christmas tree'. Local variation in colour can be seen. Geckos are one of their pollinators and some specimens have matted, fibrous aerial roots. The tree is able to maintain a hold in precarious, near-vertical situations - typical of their coastal habitat. The Pohutukawa is under threat from browsing of the introduced common brushtail possum.

Pohutukawa bark
Two pohutukawa trees