Native Bunch | In San Diego
Pohutukawa trees of San Diego
The New Zealand Pohutukawa tree is prolific through-out the city and suburbs of San Diego as are many Australian & South African plants. The planting of these plants began in 1892 when a horticulturalist, Kate Sessions, was granted a land lease in the city park for a nursery, this park is now known as Balboa Park. Kate Sessions was granted the lease on the 'proviso' that she plant 100 trees a year in the park and another 300 through-out the city. At this time of year San Diego is bright with the red pohutukawa tree making the city very pretty.
Known as 'the mother of Balboa Park', Kate Sessions died in 1940. Below is a photo of a pohutukawa tree Del Mar, California.