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    Pohutukawa trees flower right on time
    5:00AM Monday November 19, 2007
    By Alanah May Eriksen


    The pohutukawa's flowers signal Christmas is near. Photo / Alan Gibson

    New Zealand's iconic pohutukawa trees have started to flower, the annual sign that summer is here and Christmas is just around the corner.

    Mt Maunganui beach is lined with pohutukawa that are in full bloom looking down on crowds of sunbathers.

    During summer the "New Zealand Christmas tree" is covered with clusters of dark crimson flowers as hardworking bees collect nectar.

    Professor Paula Jameson, head of the University of Canterbury's School of Biological Sciences, says the flowers are right on time.

    "They start about mid-November and have stopped flowering by Christmas and New Year."

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    I would have thought the flowering was triggered by sunlight timing or temperatures, but in the northern hemisphere they still bloom in November/December. After our last trip to NZ, we were riding in the airport shuttle, and I looked out to see a row of them in full bloom, just like those we left in NZ. Being so dazed from the flight, I was confused about where I was.
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    You have them in California, too? I thought they were indigenous to NZ, especially with that exotic Maori-sounding name.
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