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Macadamia integrifolia (Macadamia Nut) is perhaps Australia's most famous bush food. With a back story worthy of a mini series, Macadamia Nut has been in commercial production for over 100 years, sadly by the USA and not Australia. If you have the room, now's the time to show your patriotism by planting a Macadamia Nut in your own backyard. Nut kernels can be pulverised into milk and oil. Macadamia Nut becomes abundant with bee and butterfly attracting flower trusses after heavy rainfall. It grows best in sunny moist well-drained soils but will also tolerate light shade. Avoid planting in positions which get hot western sun. There are 4 species of Macadamia, all of which only occur in Australia from northern New South Wales to northern Queensland so Macadamia is predominantly a subtropical to warm temperate rainforest species. Macadamia Nut grows 5 to 12 metres. Its flowers are the host plant of the Pencilled blue butterfly, Hairy lineblue butterfly, Six lineblue butterfly, Small purple lineblue butterfly, Felder's lineblue butterfly, Double Spotted Lineblue butterfly, and Marbled Blue butterfly. It will also attract various marsupial species to your garden including possums and melomys which will in turn attract the higher order owl species. So if you want to give the possum something to nibble on that's not your prize winning roses, a Macadamia Nut tree will not go unappreciated!

Macadamia integrifolia (Macadamia Nut)

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