This week in our special blog content in the footsteps of trees on every continent: Southern Rata tree
As we continue our journey in the Footsteps of Trees on Every Continent, we continue to explore the unique natural beauty of Oceania. With Southern Rata, a tree species from New Zealand, the beautiful country of the continent, we enjoy the footsteps of the tree in Oceania.
The southern rata tree, which can reach over 15 meters in height and 1 meter in diameter, attracts attention with its unique red flowers that bloom in summer. It rarely grows as a non-epiphyte (parasitic) guest plant compared to tree species from the same family.
The southern rata tree, whose Latin name is metrosideros umbellata, grows in places with a Mediterranean climate. The southern rata tree, which carries very vivid shades of red, carries the dynamic color palette of nature with its bright and green leaves. The southern rata tree, which begins to bloom in spring due to its homeland in Oceania, continues to bloom until late summer. These unique flowers of the Southern rata tree resemble a paintbrush.
The energy given off by the leaves and branches of the Southern rata tree makes you want to touch it. Especially when young, the leaves and branches of the tree also have a silky touch. Among the rata tree varieties, southern rata is the most common rata variety in New Zealand.
Because of its bright red color, the southern rata tree is considered the local Christmas tree in New Zealand. Especially during the Christmas season, the southern rata tree is decorated and used instead of a pine tree, creating very colorful images.
The growth rate of the southern rata, which averages 15 cm per year when it is still a young sapling, slows down as it gets older. When we look around New Zealand, we can often find southern rata trees that are over 100 years old. It is said that the southern rata tree can live up to 1000 years if the right conditions are created for its growth and development.
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