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Money tree

Pachira aquatica

Provision tree, Water chestnut, French peanut , Malabar chestnut , Mexican fortune tree , Shaving brush tree, Guiana chestnut

This tender perennial grown as a houseplant. It is often sold as multiple plants with their stems plaited to make 'one' plant. It has green shiny ovate leaves and an arching habit. In it's native habitat it can grow up to 18m high with shiny green palmate leaves. It's showy flowers open like banana peel to reveal yellow hair like stamens. It can produce edible nuts in large woody pods and are said to taste like peanuts.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Nuts can be collected when ripe.

Propagation

Geography

Origin
Central to South America

Environment

Light
Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Frost hardiness
Tender

Personality

Family
Malvaceae
Flower colour
Yellow
Scent
None

Problems

Generally pest & disease free.

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