What is the macadamia tree like?

Macadamia

Macadamia is a very interesting fruit tree: it can be had in small gardens, and even in pots, it has a high ornamental value and also produces edible fruits. So if you live in an area with a warm climate and are looking for a plant that is easy to care for, this is the one for you.

If you need to know what the macadamia tree is like and what care it needs, then I will explain everything to you. 🙂

What are their characteristics?

Macadamia integrifolia leaves

The macadamia tree, belonging to the genus Macadamia, it is an evergreen plant native to Australia, New Caledonia, Indonesia and the Celebes. Grows to a height of 2 to 12 meters. The leaves are lanceolate or obovate to elliptical, measuring 6-30cm long by 2-12cm wide, with entire or serrated edges, organized in whorls of 3 to 6.

The flowers are grouped in axillary or terminal inflorescences, are 5-30cm long, and are white, purple or pink in color. The fruit is dry, inside which we will find 1-2 seeds that are edible in some species.

How do you take care of yourself?

If you want to get a copy, we recommend providing the following care:

  • Weather: warm tropical. It does not resist frost.
  • Location: outdoors, in full sun or in semi-shade.
  • Earth:
    • Pot: universal growing substrate mixed with 30% perlite.
    • Garden: the soil must be rich in organic matter, with good drainage.
  • Irrigation: frequent. You have to water every 2-3 days, trying not to dry out the soil.
  • Subscriber: it is highly recommended to pay once a month with an organic fertilizer, such as guano or herbivorous animal manure.
  • Multiplication: by seeds.
  • Planting or transplanting time: in spring (or at the end of the dry season).

What uses does it have?

Macadamia nut

Ornamental

The macadamia tree it is a very decorative plant, ideal to have as an isolated specimen or in groups, in a pot or in the garden.

Gastronomic

The seeds of the species Macadamia integrifolia y macadamia tetraphylla they are edible, being able to consume freshly picked from the plant or roasting them.

Medicinal

These two species are also medicinal plants, since have softening and soothing properties. In fact, they are used to protect skin and hair and to delay aging.

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