Sandwich Island Christmas Trees

monrealaboutdotcomIn 1852 the Sydney Botanic Garden in Australia sent a package to the “King of the Sandwich Islands.” Included in the package were seedlings for Norfolk Pine Trees.

Given their name because of their origination from Norfolk Island to the east of Australia, these seedlings were perfectly suited to the climate of the Hawaiian Islands.

newnorfolkdotorgWhy the name of Norfolk, you ask? Well, even if you didn’t… the trees and the island were given the name by Captain Cook during his second voyage through the Pacific. (1774)

The tree is a popular one for Hawaiian households at Christmas as it is sturdy and will stay green for nearly a month with little water. The branches are at regular intervals and it is ideal for decorating.

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