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Photo of the day – Pohutukawa

To me, one of the best things about this time of year is the colour we get from flowering Pohutukawa trees. A street near my house is lined with them and they are now coming into bloom creating a wonderful sight (they are also some the straightest Pohutukawa’s I’ve ever seen)

Pohutukawa

14 comments to Photo of the day – Pohutukawa

  • Ian

    The places for these trees are parks and the like. Sure they look nice at that age but in time they will destroy the nearby foot path and road. And if there are drains nearby …

    • pete

      Your local council is not that stupid. These are “miniature” Pohutukawa, they are GE’d to only grow to a few meters, and for the roots to be non-invasive

      • Bryce P

        Have a look down Central Park Drive out west. Next to every pohutukawa is a new piece of footpath. They need space. The root structure goes hunting for moisture.

      • Steve N

        You must have a different council. The old Auckland City was very good at planting trees that then grow a) in all directions without pruning so they grow like some enormous bush rather than a tree and/or b) way too big, and they then chop the middle out of them to clear the power lines, so you end up with a tree shaped like a Y.

  • Do you know if there is a specific reason (besides looking nice) for the council to be planting them all around the city? Just curious about it.

    • Nick R

      Because people like them, they are native, and they grow well in the urban environment. Not many species cover all three bases. There are plenty of good street tree varieties, but being native is apparently now of paramount importance.

      • Dan

        You are just making that up , Nick. Lots of non-native street trees still get planted.

        • Kent Lundberg

          Dan, take this opportunity to show some examples.

          • Well the London Planes recently returned to Ponsonby and Jervois. I’m a big fan of deciduous urban trees: shade in summer sun in winter, out of fashion with both those institutions charged with clearing up leaves and the botanically nationalistic…..

            Absolutely adore Pohutukawa, but don’t often think they make a great urban street tree, especially that slightly odd single trunk version breed especially for the job….

            If there’s a big wide berm in the suburbs or down on the waterfront yeah, that works, but not in the city so much, they need room to spread. There is a great example on Symonds St included in this earlier post:

            http://transportblog.co.nz/2012/10/15/in-praise-of-city-trees/

        • Not in the city they don’t, not in the last ten years at least… Unless you have some examples I might have overlooked?

          • Dan

            Oaks on Wellesley St East? All sorts along Grey Lynn streets. When we asked the council for a street tree out the front of our house, we had been thinking native but were advised to go with cherry trees as they bloom early, providing early food for birds.

  • Luke C

    Lots of good biodiversity reasons to plant native trees too. Native birds much prefer native trees, and people love seeing native birds in the city.

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