The Pohutukawa (Metrosideros excelsa) or Christmas Tree is a coastal evergreen tree in the myrtle family, Myrtaceae, that produces a brilliant display of red flowers made up of a mass of stamens. The Pohutukawa is one of twelve Metrosideros species endemic to New Zealand. Renowned for its vibrant colour and its ability to survive even perched on rocky, precarious cliffs, it has found an important place in New Zealand culture for its strength and beauty and is regarded as a chiefly tree (rakau rangatira) by Maori.rnKeywords: asia attractive auckland australasia bay beach beautiful bush cable calm christmas colorful coopers destination doubtless evergreen excelsa family far flora flower harbour horticulture island kaitaia karikari kerikeri mangonui maori metrosideros myrtle native new north northland ocean pacific paihia peninsula plant pohutukawa popular red sand sea stunning subtropical tourist town travel tree water whangarei white zealand.

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