Grown primarily for its macadamia nuts, this popular commercial variety is also well suited for home gardeners looking to grow their own delicious macadamias at home. Not only an edible nut tree, the vibrant magenta foliage and pink flowers bring ornamental value to the garden too. Plant as a feature tree or, if space permits, as an edible hedge or windbreak.
Macadamias do best when given adequate summer irrigation and fertiliser. Suitable for screening, hedging or as a specimen tree, pruning is only required for shaping or to control growth. All Macadamias will produce an acceptable crop of nuts on their own, however, heavier cropping will occur if several trees are planted in the same area. Grafted trees will crop in 3-4 years. Seed grown plants in 7-8 years. Macadamia tetraphylla is the most cold tolerant variety, however they are still frost tender, especially when young. The further south they are planted, the more sun they require. Fertilise with Blood and Bone in spring and autumn. Water as required. Collect nuts from the ground in autumn and allow to dry. Shake the nuts - when you hear the rattle, they are ready to shell and consume.