the beauty of Pohutukawa (the NZ Christmas tree)…

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16/12/2010 by Sarah Ritchie

Pohutukawa flowerWhen one thinks of Israel it is easy to – firstly – think of a desert nation…and you’d be right. Surprisingly, Israel is also a very green, fertile country (in places), which bursts into an array of colour every springtime. If you travel to the Galilee region, in March to May, the hillsides are aflame with red and yellow wildflowers.

There is something about a seasonal explosion of colour that delights the senses. In New Zealand, that explosion is the December appearance of the brilliant red Pohutukawa flower (a New Zealand native). As the flower is in full bloom by the 25th, it is known as the “New Zealand Christmas tree”. It can be seen lining parks, streets and seashores. My heart always swells to look upon the Pohutukawa flowers – a reminder that summer is here, and that Christmas and holidays are not too far away.

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