New Zealand Plants
Flowering trees include the Kowhai, which has a beautiful yellow flower, plus the Rata and Pohutukawa which both flower with different shades of red each summer.
New Zealand also contains large areas of tussock grass in sub-alpine areas. Prominent areas of tussock include the South Islands McKenzie Country and the Central Plateau of the North Island.
Some areas of New Zealand contain substantial amounts of introduced species such as California's Pinus Radiata and the Canadian Douglas Fur. Both these trees are New Zealand's primary crop for forestry and take about 30 years to fully grow, compared to 90 years in their native Northern Hemisphere. This is attributed to New Zealand's lush volcanic soil and near year round rainfall.