The traditional colours of the festive season are green and red and the best example of this that I know of in the plant kingdom is the Pohutukawa [po-hoo-ta-car-wa] from the North Island of New Zealand. Every December this evergreen tree obligingly clothes itself with masses of bright red flowers, hence its common name: The New Zealand Christmas Tree.
The Pohutukawa tree (Metrosideros excelsa) with its crimson flower has become an established part of the New Zealand Christmas tradition. This iconic Kiwi Christmas tree, which often features on greeting cards and in poems and songs, has become an important symbol for New Zealanders at home and abroad.
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