Christmas flowers

As Christmas approaches, the orange flowers of Nuytsia floribunda are a brilliant sight throughout Perth and the southwest. They’re called Christmas trees for the timing of their flowering, and are so much better than the fir Christmas tree people decorate. Nuytsia decorate themselves in a golden Christmas glow.

Nuytsia floribunda

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Christmas in the Garden

Update 19/11/16: more recent photos of Nuytsia floribunda

Last Christmas I blogged about the WA Christmas tree (Nuytsia floribunda), which grows its own beautiful orange decorations. People are searching and finding this post as Christmas approaches, so I thought I’d add a few more photos of my favourite Christmas tree.

nuytsia and red flowering gum

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Orange Christmas Trees

Update 19/11/16: more recent photos of Nuytsia floribunda

nuytsia floribunda flowers

A decade ago I had a boyfriend who lived in Kalamunda, an outer suburb of Perth. It’s on the Darling Scarp, the hills to the east of Perth, and as Christmas approached, the orange flowers of Nuytsia floribunda were a beautiful sight on my drive there. They’re called Christmas trees for the timing of their flowering, but anytime I talk about these Christmas trees people get confused with the Christmas trees people decorate right about now. Western Australian Christmas trees are so much better, because they decorate themselves.

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