Gorgeous crimson blossoms of Pohutukawa tree are depicted on Christmas greeting cards. The tree is referred to in poems and songs, and New Zealanders name it the Christmas tree. Pohutukawa tree became a symbol of Christmas owing to its blooming season that falls exactly on Christmas time, from November to January, and it is at its best in mid- to late December. Besides the red clusters, one might occasionally come across pink-flowered Pohutukawas growing around the Rotorua lakes. Yellow-blossomed trees occur mainly in the North Island. This gorgeous evergreen tree is endemic to New Zealand, so you cannot see it anywhere else.
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