Pachira aquatica commonly known as the Money Tree is native to south and central America. There, it grows as an evergreen deciduous tree with the height of about 20 meters. However, when cultivated this plant grows a lot smaller. Over the years the Money Tree has gain popularity all over the world. In fact, it is currently most popular in Taiwan.
In Taiwan, this plant promises good luck and prosperity. Feng shui practitioners gave it its legacy by believing that with the presence of this plant, you will receive money, wealth, and good luck to the house.
- The trunk of the money tree is several trunks braided together. This symbolizes the “locking in” of good fortune.
- Feng shui practitioners believe that it creates "chi," positive energy that brings luck.
- Most money trees have five leaves on each stem, but you will occasionally find one with seven leaves on each stem. This is rumored to bring extra luck.
- In Feng Shui, the five leaves of the branch represent the five elements of Feng Shui; metal, wood, water, fire and earth.
- The young leaves, seeds and flowers of money plant are edible. It can be cooked as vegetables and even used as ingredients.
- Also known as Malabar chestnut, Guiana chestnut, provision tree, or saba nut.
Contains air purifying qualities.
Written by: Yolanda M. Pineda