Definition of pohutukawa in English:


Line breaks: po¦hutu|kawa
Pronunciation: /pə(ʊ)ˌhuːtəˈkɑːwə


  • An evergreen New Zealand tree of the myrtle family, which bears crimson flowers in December and January. Also called Christmas tree or in New Zealand.
    • Metrosideros excelsa, family Myrtaceae
    More example sentences
    • It may also be because fewer of the pohutukawas are the native pohutukawas which flower only at Christmas.
    • Editorials were written about the wisdom of planting another imported pine over a native pohutukawa.
    • When cabbage trees erupt, pohutukawa blaze and the first blowfly of summer sings its siren song, count us out.


mid 19th century: from Maori.

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