Saturday, April 19, 2008

Big Big Tree! =)

They've got some big trees in New Zealand! This one is special- it's the country's (and most likely the world's) largest pohutukawa tree! It’s 350+ years old and lives in the schoolyard in Te Araroa. It’s about 22 metres high and 40 metres across and has 22 trunks! Here’s a picture of our car underneath it when we visited- it’s massive! They flower from November to January, so if we’d been there a few weeks earlier, it would’ve been covered in bright red flowers and looked like this, only bigger. That's why they call the pohutukawa NZ's Christmas tree. I'll bet this guy would look pretty spectacular all decked out in his finest stamens for the holidays! Pohutuhohoho! =)

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