The trees have strong wills to survive, but they should never be left hanging on the edge...
Metrosideros excelsa, or pohutukawa in the Maori language, is often referred as the New Zealand Christmas Tree because it flowers around late December and brings bright red colours to the season, hinting the arrival of Christmas. The pohutukawa often grows on coastal cliffs and on beaches around the North Island, and is little affected by salt water, winds and tides. The beauty and strength of the pohutukawa have great spiritual and culture significance to all New Zealanders.
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A big thanks to A Rocha International for picking this photo as the winner of "Forests on Flickr" competition".