Nut Trees

Nuts are not only delicious, but extremely nutritious and a great addition to a healthy diet. Two or three nut trees planted in the garden can be highly decorative and also very productive.

Macadamia nut

The macadamia is an evergreen tree which grows to nine metres, with a spread of six metres. It has spiny leaves, dense foliage and an upright habit. Nuts have a high oil content and the shell is particularly hard. The tree is native to the Australian rainforest of northern New South Wales and Queensland.

Macadamias need a rich, deep soil, a plentiful supply of water and a humid atmosphere. Seedling trees are available. They start bearing when they're seven years old but aren't in full production until they're 14 years old. The nuts fall from the tree when they're ripe. There are several varieties available — it's just a matter of personal choice.

Very little pruning is necessary. In early spring, spread a generous amount of well made compost together with a little chicken manure under the tree. Macadamias love being mulched. Pests are not a great problem with these lovely nut trees: just keep them healthy and happy and they will also be disease free. Raw nuts, lightly salted are great for the kids' lunches, not to mention a great snack after dinner.

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