Not just for Christmas

Pohutukawa (Metrosideros excelsa) is also known as New Zealand Christmas tree, because it generally flowers around December-January, producing masses of (usually red) flowers.

Pohutukawa is evergreen, and grows in coastal areas, often on the most precarious of cliffs. Long overhanging branches provide welcome shade on beaches and wonderful hiding places for childhood games.

It is a tree I photograph again and again — in all seasons.