Will The Real Christmas Tree Please Stand Up!
Once upon a time I would have said, “Seen one Christmas tree, seen ‘em all.” But that was before I noticed a strange phenomenon in the shops this year – a whole new variety of trees. I’ve been doing some research on decorated trees and found out that these ones belong to the same species as the usual Christmas tree, with some clever adaptations designed to suit the needs of particular festive shoppers.
This is Magazinea glossius, more commonly known as the magazine tree, favoured by those who love to read.
Meet Spectaclea visionia, the glasses tree. It’s a useful tree to have around if you’re a little short sighted.
Next we have Paperus wrappii, the gift wrap tree. Add a card and a shiny bow and your presents are ready to go.
If it’s storage you’re after, you can’t go past Boxea containerus. Each tree blooms with a variety of bowls, boxes and bags and if given a little TLC they even grow piggy banks.
This more unusual specimen is Travelea bagus, the backpack tree – very handy if you’re planning a trip over the holidays.
My personal favourite is Platerea dishii. This tree is covered in delicate circular blossoms in every possible colour. It’s Mother Nature at her very best!
But I still think the nicest Christmas tree is the traditional one, with lights twinkling, ornaments sparkling and a bright shining star on top. This one was a beauty.
Best wishes to you all,