Macadamia

The macadamia is indigenous to Australia and was botanically classified in 1843. In 1931 it was successfully cultivated in Hawaii where the first processing factory was established. South African nurseries started propagating macadamias in the 1970’s and commercial orchards were established in the Barberton, Komatipoort, Nelspruit, Pietermaritzburg, Port Shepstone, Rustenburg, Tzaneen and Zoutpansberg areas.

Recommended Cultivars:

Macadamia cultivars are climate specific and perform differently in different areas and regions across the country. Du Roi Multiplant propagates the four most common cultivars and has been licensed by Citrogold to propagate the new “A” series of cultivars that were developed by Henry Bell from Hidden Valley Plantation in Queensland, Australia.

695 (Beaumont)

Vigorous tree with a spreading growth habit, requiring very little tree training or pruning to establish a well-balanced, open canopy. Very highly recommended cultivar across the country.

A4

A cultivar that originates from Australia, which is precocious with an open canopy and medium spreading growth habit. It has a very high kernel recovery, large nuts and a mid-season nut fall.

816

A medium to large, moderately upright growing tree that was selected from the Hawaiian breeding programme. It has a light, late flowering with a very high kernel recovery (very similar to the A4). It has an early to mid-season nut drop and is a very good flavour roasting nut.

814

A small, upright, open, precocious growing tree that was selected from the Hawaiian breeding programme. Produces small, round, even size nuts that hang in many small bunches on the tree.

A268

This a new cultivar in South African terms, originating from Australia and managed by Citrogold (Pty) Ltd. It is a medium to large size tree with a spreading growth habit and a moderate to open canopy. It produces large, evenly sized nuts with a slightly rough surface.

A203

This a new cultivar in South African terms, originating from Australia and managed by Citrogold (Pty) Ltd. It is a small, very precocious, upright growing tree with an irregular tree shape. It produces medium sized nuts and starts bearing at an earlier age.