The Pohutakawa tree is a unique tree of New Zealand. It is like but not like the Bottlebrush.
Yes, we do have Bottlebrush trees in New Zealand and I do know there is a definite difference between the 2 trees.
I remember as a child Pohutakawa trees by the beach and an old car tyre was tied to a branch with a rope and we used it as a swing, from the sand to the water on the beach.
Pohutakawa trees are tough and weather resistant. Sometimes their roots are in rocks and are often by the sea.
Birds love this tree and it blooms at Christmas time.
One word of caution, they never are good to be any where near a house . It makes my neighbours asthma much worse.