• +260 96 778 7442 / +260 96 487 5869

  • northroutenursery@gmail.com


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Welcome to

North Route Nursery

North Route Nursery is a macadamia, avocado and citrus tree nursery based in Chisamba. We supply commercial and emerging farmers with high quality grafted seedlings.

North Route Nursery is located 8 Km off the Great North Road along the Bumi Road (near Fringilla) in Chisamba, Zambia

The nursery is set-up to facilitate the propagation and grow-out of macadamia, avocado and citrus seedlings of select varieties. All of our seedlings are grown at our nursery for up to 15 months. 

We work closely with industry experts to, ensure that we source, grow and supply farmers with true cultivars, are always at the cutting-edge of industry practice and are able to provide growers with on-going support and technical expertise.

We are centrally located to supply the Southern-Central African region and experienced in exporting seedlings to Tanzania, Malawi and Zimbabwe.


We are centrally located to supply the sub-Saharan region and experienced in exporting seedlings to Tanzania, Malawi and Zimbabwe.

Trusted Genetics

North Route Nursery is a ZARI certified Nursery.

Our plant material is derived from accredited nurseries in South Africa as well as our established mother orchards.



Our macadamia seedlings are derived from carefully selected scion wood which is grafted onto vigorous Nelmak 2 seedling stock. This ensures a naturally robust root system matched with the superior genetics cloned from the mother plant.

Macadamia Varieties

695 Beaumont, A4, 816, N2

Beaumont 695

  • Vigorous growth
  • Requires less tree management
  • Early Return, expected harvest after 3 yrs
  • Consistent performer
  • Mid-season flower – extended harvest

The most common variety grown in South Africa (70%), 695 has a superior root system and is the most commonly used root stock for other varieties. This variety has been highly recommended by Lowveld (S.A.) farmers, due to the hardiness of the tree. It is a good base to start from especially in an area relatively new to farming macadamia.

Beaumont should start bearing fruit in 3-4 years after planting and produce 4 tonnes per Ha. “nut in shell” after 8-10 years.

Nelmak 2

  • Precocious growing tree
  • Out-yields all other varieties in early years
  • Vigorous growth, similar to 695
  • Early flower – early harvest


  • Willowy growth
  • Requires staking and attention in early stage
  • Thin shell
  • Top-performer in crack-out and yield
  • Slow grower
  • Late season flower – early harvest

First grade kernels greater than 95%. The A4 will take a longer time to bear fruit but the crack out (size/quality) is higher. The tonnage will be less than the 695 but the bottom line can still be greater.

In terms of cross pollination both Beaumont and A4 flower at similar times of the year thus the two varieties work well farmed together.


  • Makes up 14% of SA’s macadamia orchards
  • Produces large uniformed kernel
  • High % kernel recovery
  • Large, upright-shaped tree
  • Short season allows for earlier management
  • Late season flower, early harvest

Above: 3 Year Old Beaumont Orchard Supplied by North Route Nursery

1 Year Old

2 Year Old

3 Year Old, First Crop

North Route seedlings are considered “field-ready” once they reach 70+ cm and have a well-developed root system. Our tees are dispatched in 4L plant bags, staked, stems painted and colour-coded with tape for ease of variety identification. 


North Route Nursery was established in October 2017 by Peter & Lara Deary.

Faced with the challenge of sourcing macadamia trees (of true cultivars) in Zambia, we were intrigued by the idea of growing and supplying high quality macadamia seedlings locally. And so, North Route Nursery was born.

Working closely with the South African nurseries guarantees that we source the best genetics and can rely on decades of experience and knowledge to ensure that we produce “perfect plants”. Not only does this mean that we can supply superior, field-ready trees in Zambia and the region, but can also provide farmers with a support system when the trees are in the ground.

With roots in the Mpumalanga Lowveld (which over the past 20 years has become one of the biggest macadamia nut producing regions in the world) and frequent visits to Kiepersol, we have also been fortunate enough to tap into a strong knowledge base and continue to receive input and support from some of the top growers in that area.

 Having lived in Zambia for the past 10 years, it has been encouraging to see the recent push towards macadamias. With world-wide statistics suggesting a continued and growing demand for this super food, we feel positive that Zambia could become a top producer of macadamias globally in the not-so-distant future!

Contact Us

+260 96 778 7442 / +260 96 487 5869

E-mail: northroutenursery@gmail.com