As the bright red flower, called Kahika, adorns its branches from November to January, the Pohutuwa tree is known as the New Zealand Christmas Tree. It can live to over 1000 years old, so hopefully The Old Man will continue for many more years. The trunks and branches will often have holes were birds and small animals have made their homes. Page 9 and 10 will explain how this is one of the main reasons why I wrote this book.It is common for new roots to develop from branches that are touching the ground. This results in many gnarled roots and branches entwining into a beautiful mass.