Wednesday, 3 December 2008

O Christmas Tree...

pohutakawa tree

This tree is known as the pohutakawa in New Zealand. They grow hundreds of metres tall, have a bright red bloom, and flower around Christmas time in the Antipodes where the seasons are the opposite to Europe's, hence its place at Christmas time in New Zealand.

We have a few planted in the most inappropriate places at my workplace, the Mediterreanean Agronomic Institute of Chania: on a window sill and as a potted plant. No wonder they will never thrive...

Click here to see a real pohutukawa in all its Christmas glory.

11 comments:

  1. It could be hundreds of meters tall? Wow!
    Well, at least you have transplanted yourself in the right place.
    Nice to see where you work. Looks interesting.

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  2. Are you in the photo of the Institute?
    Interesting how plants behave in several places!
    Thanks for your sweet comment!

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  3. Hundreds of meters high? I'd like to see those woods! Aloha-

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  4. Thank you for the nice posts. I loved them all. Especially the anniversary of Crete.

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  5. Poor thing will end up as a bonsai.

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  6. I admit I wondered a bit when I saw the title and picture. A Christmas tree hundreds of meters tall? That would be troublesome to get into the living room. (BTW - can a tree get much over 100 metre tall??)

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  7. when i was living in new zealand, i was so short i thought pohutukawas were hundreds of meters tall - of course 20 meters sound about right; a bit like a giant shrub...

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  8. I like the name "pohutukawas' must comes from natives in N.Z.

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  9. Oh, now I get it. So it's all a matter of perspective... Maria, you kidder, you. :)

    Today I found out that the fruits we talked about in the Advent greens were from the local Arbutus "Eastern strawberry tree" (Hebrew ktalav). I posted about the tree many times; I should have recognized them.

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  10. Oh my your pohutakawa looks truly pathetic. Here some shots of some decent ones from around the neighbourhood. In NZ they are everywhere !!!

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/kostaki-h/3087293987/]

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