Money Tree (Pachira aquatica)

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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
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
Fruit: Edible to birds
Other: Nut up to 12 inches in length and 2.5 inches in diamater
Flowers: Showy
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
Uses: Shade Tree
Flowering Tree
Edible Parts: Leaves
Eating Methods: Raw
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

Pachira aquatica image by Spencer C. H. Barrett, University of To

Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Oct 5, 2011 1:41 PM

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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Discussion Threads about this plant
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How interesting... by wcgypsy Aug 11, 2012 4:31 PM 4
My up and coming Money Tree!! by RileyParsons Jul 22, 2017 11:50 AM 0
HELP::Are these roots DEAD? Money plant by Krisgee47 Feb 5, 2019 10:24 AM 2
Help! My Pachira aquatica is dying! by JosieUK Jan 14, 2019 8:12 PM 14
Money tree SOS by Jadegreen24 Dec 17, 2018 2:39 PM 7
Plant ID by Wil789 Dec 7, 2018 5:20 AM 1
Question - House plant that will continue to grow for at least a year? by curiousnewbiehere Dec 13, 2018 6:43 PM 44
Help with my Pachira Aquatica by Micfroi Sep 16, 2018 2:34 PM 3
Plant identification question by Ted23 Aug 10, 2018 4:25 PM 5
What is this? by lushkie52 Jul 20, 2018 8:10 AM 12
Help keeping this tree alive! by shadowdream Jul 6, 2018 8:42 AM 9
Pachira Aquatica (money tree) trimming, rooting, and replanting help. by foilagelove Jun 11, 2018 6:17 AM 4

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