As the Christmas Season approaches, special flowers and foliage also make their appearance—holly, ivy, and poinsettia—to grace our floral arrangements and table decorations. Here in the Southern hemisphere, to embellish this special season we have adopted the New Zealand Christmas Bush as our botanical emblem. It is a stunning beauty.
Related to the Australian eucalypts, the Christmas Bush (Pohutukawa) is a large, hardy shrub with wavy edged, leathery green leaves. Their grey felted undersides are velvety to the touch. During warmer months it is smothered in flowers, made up of long, brilliant red stamens, tipped with golden white. These vibrant pompoms bloom extensively in December and throughout most of the year.
The Christmas Bush is an ideal specimen to use as a screening tree, a clipped hedge or for a windbreak. Though indigenous to the South Pacific, it grows prominently throughout New Zealand—hence its name. Enjoy our Christmas Bush as you move into the holiday spirit and begin your own seasonal preparations.
This will be my final post for 2013 as I want to take more time now for friends and family, for travel, and for reading. I’ll be back online with a new post on January 17th. My warmest best wishes to each and all of you.