Butterfly tree

An unusual tree is “blooming” just now at The Chapel cafe in the Chapel St shopping centre in Tauranga.

A potted cordyline is festooned with the chrysalis of monarch butterflies that will open when the time is right. The tree was featured at the recent Monarch Butterfly NZ Trust conference in Auckland and, for reasons that I’m not sure of, has ended up at this cafe in Tauranga.

The chrysalis tree in The Chapel cafe. Photo: Sandra Simpson

The cafe owner says they are beginning to hatch and has put a potted flowering plant at the base of the tree for the butterflies to feed on before, presumably, they are allowed out the door.

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