MACADAMIA BUSH NUT
Botanical Name: Macadamia tetraphylla
This was the first Australian native food plant to be grown by non-indigenous Australians as a commercial crop. Seedlings from the original plantation near Alstonville were used as rootstock for grafted modern varieties well into the 20th Century. Since the clearing of the Big Scrub the genetic diversity of this valuable nut species has been reduced significantly. Very hardy and easily grown along most of Australia's east coast and even down into Victoria.
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Subtropical, Warm Temperate
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)
Plants required to Pollinate
1 (Self Pollinating)
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Can it Handle Frosts?
Amount of leaves in Winter?
All Leaves (Evergreen)
Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree?
No (Full Size)
Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest
Sun or Shade
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March, April, May, June, July, August
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Question & Answer
Good Morning.Please let me know if I buy a Macadamia Tree will I need 2 tree for fruit and how long before the tree will have nuts. Can I prune the tree at all for fruiting.R Johns From:
Under pollination on the item specifications it says "Beneficial" so it will produce nuts by itself but by having more growing together you can get better nut set. It is a seedling so it will take longer than grafted varieties to fruit however this means that it has a much deeper root system and will be more hardy. Perhaps 4-8 years. Yes they do not mind being pruned.
Do I need to have a male and female tree before I get any fruit? From: ST CLAIR NSW
No, they don't need Male & Female pollination and they do have nuts when growing just one. You can often get a bigger crop of nuts by growing other Macadamias close by.
Hi... How long before the tree will fruit ???Is it grafted, a seedling or a cutting ??Do I need more than one tree to cross pollinate ?? Cheers From:
4-8 years as it is a seedling. Pollination is beneficial so you will still get nuts without having another one. But if you get more than one you can get a bigger crop of nuts with pollination between them.
Hi, I was wondering if you could tell me, can you grow a Macadamia Bush Nut in a pot, and if so, how big can they get? Kind regards Andrew Passlow From: RAYMOND TERRACE NSW
Macadamias can become very large trees. I would recommend a dwarf macadamia for a pot #DwarfMacadamia1608 You can however bonsai many things if you repot every 2 years with root and top pruning and regular feeding.
Hi there, I am looking to plant a macadamia tree in Melbourne. Could you please advise on most suitable variety and availability. Thanks Narelle From: NORTHCOTE VIC
Hi Narelle, the bush nut and the A4 are the most cold hardy #MacadamiaBush2768 #MacadamiaA924
Customer Comments on Macadamia Bush Nut
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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