General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: To 60 feet in its native habitat.
Leaves: Evergreen
Broadleaf
Fruit: Edible to birds
Other: Nut up to 12 inches in length and 2.5 inches in diamater
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Other: Fragrance is detected at night.
Flower Color: Other: Creamy yellowish-white with red tipped stamens
Bloom Size: 3"-4"
Flower Time: Year Round
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Houseplant
Uses: Shade Tree
Flowering Tree
Edible Parts: Leaves
Fruit
Flowers
Eating Methods: Raw
Cooked
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

Image
Common names
  • Money Tree
  • Malabar Chestnut
  • Water Chestnut
  • Provision Tree
  • French Peanut
  • Guyana Chestnut

Photo Gallery
Location: Conservatory, Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor
Date: 2018-03-04
Water chestnut tree bloom
Location: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Yunnan, China
Pachira aquatica image by Spencer C. H. Barrett, University of To
Location: Miami, FL
Date: 2014-12
Fairchild gardens
Location: Cano Negro, Costa Rica | December 2022
Date: 2022-12-19
Location: Port Orange, Florida
Date: 2018-07-24
Location: Fairfax, VA
Location: sarasota florida
Date: 2022-06-26
Location: Fairfax, VA | August, 2022
Date: 2022-08-15

Date: 2016-07-18

Date: 2011-10-05
Location: Fairfax, VA
Location: Fairfax, VA
Location: Southwest Florida
Date: August 2012
Fruit is about the size of a football.

Date: 2012-12-29
Uploaded by BayouBeadery

Date: 2016-10-22
Location: Botanical garden of Crete
Date: 2022-06-01
Location: In my garden, Falls Church, VA
Date: July 2019
Location: In my garden, Falls Church, VA
Date: July 2019
Rooted cutting?
Location: Columbia, PA
Date: 1/11/2024
Money tree
Location: Stockton, CA
Date: 2014-08-25
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2020-07-08
Juvenile plant
Location: Cano Negro, Costa Rica | December 2022
Date: 2022-12-19

Date: 2011-10-05
Uploaded by BayouBeadery
Location: Cano Negro, Costa Rica | December 2022
Date: 2022-12-19
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2017-10-10
Location: sarasota florida
Date: 2022-06-26
Location: In my garden, Falls Church, VA
Date: July 2019
Location: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, FL, USA
Date: 2008-01-24
Photo courtesy of: scottzona
Location: Southwest Florida
Date: September 2012

Date: 2018-08-04
Location:  North Lake Tahoe, Nevada 
Date: January 1, 2023
Location: Botanical Garden, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date: 2015-02-07
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2017-01-30

Date: 1999-06-24
Location: Miami, FL
Date: 2014-12
Fairchild gardens - trunk of a mature tree
Location: Miami, FL
Date: 2014-12
Fairchild gardens - flower pod
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2017-10-13

Date: 2014-02-21

Date: 2008-04-17
Uploaded by BayouBeadery
Location: Port Orange, Florida
Date: 2018-01-20
Location: Vancouver, BC
Date: July 22 2017
Canopy
Location: Vancouver , BC
Date: July 22 2017
Canopy

Date: 2013-01-04

Date: 2013-01-04
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2017-10-10
new house plant

Date: 2016-07-16

Date: 2014-02-21
Location: Botanical Garden, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date: 2015-02-07
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2017-01-30
Uploaded by SleepyWhippet

Date: 2012-12-29

Date: 2012-12-29

Date: 2012-12-29

Date: 2012-12-29

Date: 2011-10-05 
Trunk/Base of my little tree

photo by Forest & Kim Starr (USGS)
Uploaded by Traijin
Uploaded by Hamwild
Location: Southwest Florida
Date: September 2012

Date: 2014-02-21
Location: Moody Gardens - Galvaston, Texas
Date: 2010-06-27
Comments:
  • Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Oct 5, 2011 1:41 PM concerning plant:
    Pachira aquatica is a tropical tree native to Central and South America. Money Tree is a plant found in wetlands, where it grows along river banks and in flooded areas. In its native habitat, the Money Tree can attain heights to 60 feet. This tree is cultivated for its fruit/nuts, which are edible to both humans and animals and the foliage and flowers are edible as well.

    Young trees have become popular houseplants in recent years and they prefer warmth, full sun to dappled shade and lots of water. When growing as a potted plant be sure to use a well draining potting medium; without proper drainage the plant will experience root rot and the eventual demise of the plant.
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