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Money Tree

Pachira aquatica

Also known as

Water chestnut, Malabar chestnut, Guina chestnut, Saba nut

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Partial Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








7 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Nuts can be collected when ripe.

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A braided Pachira aquatica plant in a botanic garden
Pachira aquatica

Money Tree Overview

Pachira aquatica is a tender perennial species that is commonly grown as a houseplant. It is often sold as multiple plants, with their stems plaited together to form 'one' plant. It has green shiny ovate leaves and an arching habit. In its native habitat, it can grow up to 18m tall with shiny green palmate leaves. Its showy white-yellow flowers have a bottlebrush-like appearance, often tipped in red. They open like a banana peel to reveal yellow hair-like stamens. Edible nuts are produced in large woody pods, which are said to taste like peanuts!

Common problems with Money Tree

Generally pest and disease free outdoors but may attract some pests and diseases indoors.

    How to propagate Money Tree



    Propagation from seed or cutting.


    Special features of Money Tree

    Attractive flowers

    Attractive fruits

    Attractive leaves

    Indoor plant

    Pot plant

    Wet sites

    Other uses of Money Tree

    The tree is cultivated for its edible nuts which grow in a very large, woody pod. They are said to taste like peanuts, and can be eaten raw or cooked or ground into a flour to make bread. The leaves and flowers are also edible.