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www.times.co.nz Times Newspapers Christmas Supplement -- 11 124104 HUGE RELOCATION SALE Opens Monday, December 2 Monday-Friday 9.30am-4pm Saturday 9.30am-2pm 18 Lady Ruby Dr, East Tamaki (opposite Scholastic Books) Ph 272 2380 Earths Botanics -- Gardeners Range Great Barrier Island Bee Co -- Manuka Honey Body Care Matakana Valley -- Olive & Macadamia -- Roses Seascape Spa -- Men's body care, and more! All made in New Zealand 124607 However, one not so well known New Zealand native, is a festive favourite around a particular neck of the woods. Also known as rautini, the lovely Chatham Island Christmas tree is cherished by many an island local. Its botanical name, Brachyglottis huntii, comes from the Greek, brachus meaning short and glottis meaning the vocal apparatus of the larynx -- a reference, perhaps, to its tongue- like leaves. As the name also suggests, this tree is native to the Chatham Islands where it is found beside streams, in shrubland, forests and drier swamps. It can also be widely found in similar habitat on Pitt Island. A large tree daisy, rautini is characterised by its long, silvery leaves and clusters of fragrant, vibrantly coloured, yellow flowers, which make for quite a show during the summer months. They flower from November through to February. Growing up to eight metres in height, rautini trees are early bloomers, first flowering from seed within just a couple of years. Preferring moist soil, they do not cope well in heavy shade or with extended periods of drought. However, rautini do thrive on a little chaos, with seed spreading rapidly on the back of high winds, fires and floods. Although once widespread, the Chatham Island Christmas tree is under threat. Partial to the taste of young plants, possums and livestock have taken their toll on populations throughout the islands. On Chatham Island itself, the plant has suffered severe decline during the last century. However, the species still thrives on Pitt Island, where there are fewer stock and feral animals to wreak havoc. If growing in Auckland, these plants don't really like humidity, drought or heavy shade so consider planting on the southern or western side of home where there is dappled sunlight. But, be warned these trees are sometimes hard to source. Rautini --- A tree to 'Chat' about this Christmas This time of year there's a lot of chatter about Christmas trees, as we succumb to pop culture and adorn our homes with pines, firs and even the occasional pohutukawa.
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