The beautiful green foliage lasts through every season. Starting out as reddish-brown, the leaves of the Macadamia tree quickly turn into a deep, glossy green. Since this tree is an evergreen, you’ll get to enjoy the fresh colors, even in the dead of winter.
Even colder states can enjoy this summery tree. You don’t have to live in the Deep South to have this ornamental beauty in your life. By growing the macadamia in a pot and bringing it inside during the colder months, you’ll have the advantage of placing this tree wherever you like in the summer.
The bright pink flowers give this tree a tropical look. Full, thick clusters of pink flowers contrasted against the glossy green leaves will brighten up any yard. The show stopping flowers aren’t sparse or thin and they make a great addition to your other tropical plants or as a standalone against a cooler landscape.
The Macadamia Tree might outlive you! Macadamia Trees often live for over 50 years. By investing in this tree, you’ll be investing in a tree for a lifetime. Growing to 10′-40′, this lifelong companion is more manageable than most long living trees.
You’ll get plenty of valuable nuts. For those that plant their tree outside or in a greenhouse, you’ll get tons of extremely valuable nuts. The high price of macadamias at the market is no secret. Imagine having 60-150 lbs. of expensive nuts every year!
You don’t have to wait a lifetime for the harvest. This macadamia tree will likely start producing nuts in its 4th year. Unlike many nut trees that can take up to 12 years to produce, you’ll have a huge harvest of macadamias within a few years of planting your tree.
It’s more than just delicious cookies with these nuts. Sure, you’ve had some pretty tasty chocolate and macadamia nut cookies, but there are nearly endless recipes that call for these sweet nuts. Imagine treating your family, friends and guests to macadamia encrusted salmon or macadamia and coconut shrimp!
They’re packed full of nutrition too. The expensive price of macadamias in the market has made these nuts seem like a luxury, but they’re certainly a luxury you shouldn’t miss out on. The list of nutrients is so long, it can’t even be listed here. High in oleic acid, macadamias have an incredibly high absorption rate, which means your body actually absorbs all of those nutrients.
You don’t want to be without a Macadamia Tree. Whether you invest in a tree to brighten up a wintery yard or you want to drown in expensive, highly nutritious nuts, the macadamia tree is a worthy investment.
Planting & Care
Planting Outside: Plant your Macadamia Nut Tree in a spot in your yard that receives full sun. If temperatures in your area rise above 80 degrees F, then be sure the plant your tree in a place that gets some shade from hot afternoon temperatures. Find a space that is at least 20′ from any other plants. Plant to the same depth of soil as the container it came in. Make sure the soil is well drained. If you amend the soil with fertilizer, only use slow-release fertilizer tablets. Water deeply immediately after planting.
Container Planting: Choose a container that is 18-24″ in diameter and more than 20″ high. Make sure your container has adequate drainage holes. You can keep your plant outside in the full sun so long as temperatures are between 80 and 40 degrees F. If temperatures rise above this, place the plant in a shaded area. If temperatures rise below 40 degrees F, bring the plant inside near a sunny window.
Watering: For the first 4 years of the Macadamia Tree’s life, or until it begins producing nuts, keep the soil moist, but well-drained. The Macadamia Tree’s roots like water, but do not tolerate flooding. You will likely need to water your plant every other day in the summer.
Fertilization: Add a slow-release fertilizer tablet to the soil every February and September.
Pruning: In early spring, prune the Macadamia Tree as you would an apple tree. Cut off any vertical growing shoots. The ideal shape for the tree is 6-8 vertical branches that are evenly spaced on each side of the tree. This will keep the nuts from weighing down the branches and it will keep the tree healthy.
Pests and Diseases: There should be no pests or diseases on your tree. The Macadamia typically deters all pests and is therefore very disease resistant. Deer do not like Macadamia, so there is not need to fence off your young tree.
Harvesting: Your Macadamia Nuts will likely begin producing by the 4th year and will produce for six months out of the year. Harvesting the nuts will take some observation and practice. The nuts are too ripe when they have fallen from the tree, so you will want to harvest them before they fall. The skins might split open before they fall, letting you know that they are ready to pick. The leaves of prickly, so it is best to wear gloves when harvesting your nuts. When ripe, the clusters will easily detach from the tree. If it takes too much effort, the macadamia is not ready.
Post-Harvest: Remove the husks immediately after harvesting. Let the nuts dry in the sun for 3-4 weeks. When sun drying, cover the nuts at night to prevent dew and moisture from accumulating. Though Macadamia nuts are not easy to crack by hand, the shells should crack easily with a nutcracker. Properly dried nuts will have a brittle shell that cracks with a clean break. If your nuts do not crack in this manner, they are too moist and will need to continue drying. Dried nuts will survive best in the refrigerator or freezer.