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A picture of a Guiana Chestnut

Guiana Chestnut

Pachira spp.

Also known as

Malabar Chestnut, Shaving brush tree

Pachira aquatica, money tree, munguba park ceret sao paulo brazil by mauroguanandi (CC BY 2.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








7 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Guiana Chestnut

A photo of Guiana Chestnut
A close up of some green Pachira leaves
A hand holding a white Pachira flower
A close up of some green Pachira leaves and a flower
A close up of some Pachira fruits hanging from a tree

Guiana Chestnut Overview

Pachira is a genus containing around 47 trees in the mallow family, Malvaceae. This genus is native to Central and South America, Africa and India where these plants are found in tropical habitats. It includes small, medium and large trees carrying deeply divided, digitate leaves, often showy white or red flowers and large woody ovoid fruits containing many seeds (which are rarely produced when for plants grown indoors). Commonly cultivated varieties include P. aquatica, which is grown as a houseplant, often with plaited trunks – this particular species is colloquially known as the Money Tree, because it is thought to bring good luck and fortune to the home in which it is nurtured.

Special features of Guiana Chestnut

Attractive leaves

Attractive flowers

Attractive fruits

Pot plant

Indoor plant

Grown as a houseplant in temperate climates.


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