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MACADAMIA BUSH NUT

Macadamia Bush NutBy Esteban Salazar CC BY-SA 2.0 (Photo Credits)
Botanical Name: Macadamia tetraphylla
Description

This was the first Australian native food plant to be grown by non-indigenous Australians as a commercial crop. Genetic diversity of this valuable nut species has been reduced significantly through land clearing. Very hardy and easily grown along most of Australia's east coast and even down into Victoria.

Other Names: Rootstock
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Preferred Climate

Subtropical, Warm Temperate
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)

5-10m

Plants required to Pollinate

1 (Self Pollinating)
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Can it Handle Frosts?

Yes

Amount of leaves in Winter?

All Leaves (Evergreen)

Water Requirements

Moderate Watering

Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree?

No (Full Size)

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest

5+ Years

Sun or Shade

Full (Sun:80%-100%)

Preferred Soil Type

Good Drainage

Soil pH

Neutral (6.6-7.3pH)

Fruiting/Harvest Months

March, April, May, June, July, August

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Macadamia Bush Nut

They should cope with Melbourne cold, but may want supplemental water. Mine have survived -3C without protection or treatment. They are slower growing in the cold, but cope with 'mild' frost! | B - Trentham East, VIC 04-Jul-2017
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Macadamia - Bush Nut (Seedling) 8/10

Toby1's Edible Fruits
Update: 3647 days 18hrs

Comments: -

It is a lovely size and shaped tree which provides us with a constant supply of nuts

Planted: 2003

Height 4 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Never

Organic Status:Organic

Question:

 


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Macadamia Bush Nut (Seedling) 10/10

Westy1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1846 days 20hrs

Comments: - very hardy seedlings, all 3 survived several harsh frosts with minimal damage and no leaves lost and even grew slightly through winter.

Height 0.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun


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Aaron Siemienow1 says... [1006 days 5hrs ago]
What temperatures do you get down to in the Adelaide hills? I am planning to plant these as a windbreak/hedge for my orchard in alb/Wodonga region, and get a fair few frosts. and the occasional -3/-4 frost.

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Macadamia - Bush Nut (Seedling) 8/10

Jaffa's Edible Fruits
Update: 3681 days 21hrs

Comments: -

The trees were here when we moved in! They look quite old, and they require no real attention...but they give such a fantastic nut. The black cockatoos have now discovered them but there are plenty for everyone including the rats!

Fruiting Months February, March, April, May, June

Planted: 2003

Height 5 metres

Qty: 5

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: used to get cow poo until we moved the fence to exclude the cows.

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control:

We have never done anything except let the chooks rummage underneath.

Question:

We do occasionally get rotten nuts wheere half the nut goes brown, is this something I need to do something about?


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Macadamia - Bush Nut (Seedling) 10/10

Edward3's Edible Fruits
Update: 233 days 1hrs

Comments: -

Produces good crop of nuts each year. Handsome tree with beautiful pink flower racemes.

Top pruned the tree to half size so as to be able to reach nuts. This resulted in a much denser lower tree.


Fruiting Months April

Planted: 2004

Height 5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Fruit Harvest: 100 Fruit Per Year

First Fruited: 4 Years from Seed

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control:

Main problem are Rozellas and cockatoos - when young nuts are forming, they destroy every single one of the large crop of nuts. Must put netting over nuts within reach so as to save some of the crop.

Some nuts affected by macadamia nut borer.


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Macadamia - Bush Nut 3/10

Emma1's Edible Fruits
Update: 3675 days 21hrs

Comments: -

Apart from being a shade tree and beuautiful and old, this tree is a pain! It must be about 100yrs old, on the property already. It drops masses of nuts but many are rotten or poor in flavour and we have rats everywhere that enjoy them. It is too close to the house so all during the fruiting season you will here 'bang' on the tin roof. Its leaves are spiky and nothing can grow under it well due to its dense leave falls smothering everything and its mass of feeder roots. I gathered up all the leaves, added a layer of new soil under it ready to plant out and within a month I could not did into the new soil due to the dense root growth. Only drought tolerant broms and cordylines can grow and thats when I put up a shade sail to catch the leaves.

Fruiting Months September, October, November, December

Height 7 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 5 kilograms per Year

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never


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Macadamia - Bush Nut 9/10

Aaron Siemienow1's Edible Fruits
Update: 690 days 8hrs

Comments: -

Got 15 of these planted in a row 3m apart as a future wind break

killed a few fertilising with fertiliser with phoshrous in it... wont do it again. Native fertiliser only.


Planted: 2018

Height 0.4 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring


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Macadamia - Bush Nut 3/10

Farsideb's Edible Fruits
Update: 4060 days 5hrs

Comments: -

Again, this tree was already on the block when we bought it.  Unfortunately the cockies eat most of the nuts when they are still in their green stage and we get very few. 

Fruiting Months September, October, November, December

Height 6 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Shade

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: Self Pollination

Pest Control:

How do you control cockies?

Organic Status:Organic


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Macadamia - Bush Nut (Seedling) 6/10

Msjekyll's Edible Fruits
Update: 3913 days 10hrs

Comments: -

Got the original nuts from an old neighbours tree and have planted one or two in every place we have lived in since.  Did very well at my last place, just waiting for this one to get going.

Planted: 2007

Growing: In the Ground

Pest Control:

none


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Macadamia Bush Nut (Seedling) 8/10

Mehgz6921's Edible Fruits
Update: 925 days 19hrs

Height 0.2 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: No


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Macadamia - Bush Nut

DavidB's Edible Fruits
Update: 2083 days 5hrs

Comments: -

Grew from seed fruits well but between possums and cockatoos I dont get much

Planted: 2003

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 4

First Fruited: 8 Years from purchase in pot

Pollination: Self Pollination


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DavidB says... [3754 days 22hrs ago]
The oldest one (about 20y) has been well established and nutting. Pruned it back to third its height about a year ago when most other trees were removed. Have 3 others grown from the seeds of this one. 1 in the ground, opposite side of yard and 2 in pots... for now

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Macadamia - Bush Nut (Seedling)

Kathy2's Edible Fruits
Update: 3150 days 23hrs

Comments: -

Autumn 2011: Who knows what variety this is? I was lucky enough to find some seedlings and saved them from being mowed by diligent council workers. Only little babies now but exciting!


Planted: 2011

Height 20 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 3

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: No


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Timbo says... [2824 days 12hrs ago]
hey Kathy, M. integrifolia has whorls of 3 leaves whereas M.tetraphylla has whorls of 4. Once the true leaves come out you can confirm the species.

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Macadamia - Bush Nut (Seedling) 3/10

Allybanana's Edible Fruits
Update: 3333 days 19hrs

Comments: - The nuts taste great but but this tree has very poor fruit set i have tried mulching fertilizing and watering. I have planted another nearby as a pollinator as i have heard some are self-incompatible.

Planted: 1988

Height 3 metres

Fruit Harvest: 0.1 kilograms per Year

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pruned By: 20% in

Pollination: No


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Macadamia - Bush Nut (Seedling) 7/10

Russ3's Edible Fruits
Update: 2440 days 19hrs

Comments: - I have four of these in my yard, two are powering on tall straight big leaves and the other two are much smaller and seem more compact and forked stemmed. The larger two are lush green and very forgiving attention wise, where as the smaller two are very pale and seem to want more food than the big ones

Planted: 2013

Height 40 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 4

Fertiliser or Organics Used: composted cow/chicken manure, seaweed, liquid fertiliser

Pest Control: Inspect daily for caterpillars and grasshoppers 


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Macadamia - Bush Nut (Seedling) 9/10

WildBuna's Edible Fruits
Update: 2402 days 15hrs

Comments: - Grown from a seed from a friends tree that we all used to feast on. Is now 4 years old and getting some height. Hoping on some nuts this year!

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Water Given in: Summer

When I Fertilise: Never

Organic Status:Organic


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Macadamia - Bush Nut (Seedling)

Polly's Edible Fruits
Update: 2167 days 5hrs

Comments: - Died after Transplant


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Macadamia - Bush Nut

Skybow1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1439 days 20hrs

Comments: - I am hoping to successfully incorporate bush foods in with my edible garden. 

Height 80 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: worm juice

When I Fertilise: Spring

Organic Status:Organic

Question: I planted my macadamia tree in winter, and come spring have started to get brown patches on some of the leaves. The plant otherwise looks healthy at this stage. I can't see any sign of pests or anything on the underside of the leaves except for the same brown patches. What could this be?


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Macadamia - Bush Nut (Seedling)

YogiandCheri1's Edible Fruits
Update: 4029 days 22hrs

Comments: -

Jurgen's mum propogated this one for us too. Can't wait. It's just teeny-tiny right now.

Growing: In the Ground

Organic Status:Organic


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