Gifts of Gold

Our native kowhai trees have showers of golden flowers.
Gifts of gold.

Kowhai Flowers (Sophora sp.)

— photos taken at Dunedin Botanic Gardens 07 Sept 2019. New Zealand.

This kowhai tree is at one end of the rock garden. Taken by Nigel


The following photos are of a particular tree, located in a native plant garden within the botanic gardens. Taken by Liz




Sophora microphylla occurs in the North and South Islands, Chatham Islands, Chile and the Pacific.


Nigel took a photo of me and the tree…


Text by Liz, photos by Liz and Nigel; Exploring Colour (2019)

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  1. Oh, they do look like gold! With little brass calyxes – tho’ not sure if that’s the right term! Very different spring blossom to what we get here – lovely!

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    1. They are a lovely gold colour although different species and cultivars vary in the goldness. Some are more like a bright lemony-yellow. I think the gold colour intensifies until they drop off the tree and then a carpet of gold forms on the ground – and that looks beautiful too!

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      1. I like the sound of that! 🙂 Reminds me of a square in Edinburgh with a number of cherry trees – when their pink blossom fell, it was like a covering of pink snow on the ground!

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