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Macadamia hybrid

A large, nut-producing tree native to Australia where there are two edible species: Macadamia integrifolia and Macadamia tetraphylla. The trees that are available in New Zealand are (almost) all hybrid crosses between these two species. Left unpruned they can reach 15-20m height, occupying the high/emergent layer in a food forest. This fairly well-known tree in New Zealand deserves to be grown more widely.

The nuts are high in protein and fats, and have a good amount of carbohydrate.  A great staple food for our climate. Trees are often self fertile but crops are improved by cross-pollination.

Macadamia does not tolerate strong winds and needs protection from frost when younger, but can handle light frosts once established. Plants can tolerate heavy clay soils, and are fairly drought tolerant, but prefer a well-drained soil and don't like to get wet feet. Macadamia doesn’t need much in the way of feeding to produce a good crop.

Size: 1.3L

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