First week I got up this dead gum tree (eucalyptus). Not native but still Pacific, orgin Australia. (Thanks for the pictures Lee!) Last picture gives a hint why they are called gum trees. There are hundreds of varieties of those in New Zealand and tousends in Australia. They are often very beautiful.
Arriving in Christchurch I got surprised how many trees I recognised. Birch, elm, oak, ash – all imported by the British.
I learned that they grow quite different here, due to the long seasons and generous sunlight. Oaks becomes thinner and taller and are more likely to fail, the quick growing wood has less lignin.
Small differences means a lot.