Metrosideros excelsa - native
Pohutukawa form much of the upper North Island's coastal forest and are widely cultivated around New Zealand. The low spreading canopy forms an ideal shady retreat during the hot summer months.
This native species is often named the 'New Zealand Christmas Tree' due to the stunning display of red flowers during December and January. Their foliage is thick and glossy with a white underside, typical of coastal trees.
The fine example near Huia Lodge is a grand specimen which dates back to the mid-1800s and was here around the time when Sir John Logan Campbell arrived in New Zealand.