Which cultivar of Macadamia should you plant? This is a difficult although important question to answer, as growers need to consider many factors, including but not limited to, location and climate, water availability, soil conditions, and aspect.
We produce 10 different Macadamia cultivars in our nursery, namely 695 (Beaumont); A4; A16; 814; 816; 842; 849; 863; 788 and N2, and can source others should you prefer. We make trees to order and have delivery options available should you need.
Our grafted Macadamia trees are sold in 6L bags which allows the tree to develop a good root system, that essentially helps the farmer later when growing out in the field. The extra compost in the bag provides the plant with the much needed extra care and nutrition during the early stages of growth in the field.
It can take up to 2 years to produce a good quality macadamia tree, especially as we aim to produce trees that will start producing returns for the grower as early as possible. We have rigorous plant quality selection criteria that ensures only the best quality trees make it to dispatch / any weak trees are culled, to ensure growers receive only the healthiest and most rigorous trees, which have been hardened off for at least a month before dispatch.
Macadamia trees VARIETIES
// 695 //
Variety – BEAUMONT
Most popular cultivar in South Africa as it is a precocious(meaning yields at a young age) and hardy tree with a high yield. It is a late season flowering plant. The nuts do not naturally fall from the tree.
// 788 //
Variety – Pahala
Grows well in cooler climates. It has a very thick husk, but can produce good quality kernels.
// N2 //
Variety – Nelmak 2
It is a hybrid cultivar that produces very large nuts of high quality. It is also precocious.
// 816 //
Produces the best quality nut, with the highest percentage of whole kernel at cracking. It can be sensitive to Phytophthora so needs to be planted on well-drained soil. It flowers mid-season with an early nut drop.
// A4 //
Very precocious and produces a good yield of exceptionally large nuts with thin shells, and therefore has the highest kernel recoveries.
// A16 //
Very precocious late flowering cultivar, that produces thin shelled nuts. It has a late nut drop, but has a good yield of very large nuts, and therefore has the highest kernel recoveries.
// 814 //
Is precocious and has a high yield producing small nuts, with a higher percentage of whole kernel at cracking. It has a short late flowering season.
// 842 //
Early intense flowering cultivar over a long period, with a high yield in hotter climates with a good percentage kernel recovery. Has a small nut.
// 849 //
Early flowering cultivar high yield in hotter climates, has a high percentage kernel recovery (medium to large nut, open, upright spreading trees. Easy to maintain with little or no pruning required
// 863 //
This is a less common variety, this has showed a lot of promise in some farms attaining exceptional yields.
not sure which variety to choose?
Contact us and let our team of tree experts guide you through slecting the best possible trees for your farm and region.