I mentioned to some Aucklanders how my Christmas will be the first I’ve spent surrounded by Pohutakawa blossoms.
They looked at me, puzzled. “But it’s New Zealand’s Christmas tree, so what do you mean?”
Ummm… because it doesn’t grow everywhere, I explained. Their jaws dropped.
And just to confirm I wasn’t pulling their leg, I looked up the details: most Pohutakawa grow north of a line between New Plymouth and Napier, since it loves the warmer climates.
So perhaps it should be called ‘the Christmas tree for most Kiwis’…