Pohutukawa Metrosideros excelsa - Christmas Tree
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.