Money Tree

Money Tree

Pachira aquatica

What the money tree plants?

The money tree is a small to medium-sized forest tree 4-23 m high, have very large flowers with long, narrow, pinkish petals and dozens of long stamens in a shaving-brush form.

The seeds of money tree are large and dark brown seeds known as Malabar chestnuts or Guiana chestnuts have a fleshy pulp and are delicious raw, boiled, fried or roasted, seeds considered as one of the best and easy indoor plants and also, used in the art of bonsai.


                     leaves of Money tree are alternate, palmately compound and clustered towards the ends of the branches.

Petioles long reach to 24 cm with many leaflets (3- 9), leaflets have a small point at the tip, and secondary veins are prominent.each elliptic-lanceolate, 5-28 cm long and 2.5-14.5 cm wide.


                      Very large, Terminal, bisexual,  single flower or 2 to 3 in a cluster, each is narrowly cylindrical in the bud and large, showy and scented. 5 whitish-yellow Petals or whitish-pink tubular-shaped up to 30 cm long. radish and long 3-4 cm.


                  Have a fleshy pulp with large and whitish cotyledons, fruits dark brown, rounded, woody 1.2-2 cm in diameter.

Harvest should be made daily picking the seeds from the previously cleaned ground under the canopy. The fruit is not eaten.

Landscaping Uses:

                                         The 15-18 m tree is also grown as a hedge and used in bonsai as ‘lucky trees’ or ‘money trees’

Food Uses:

                               The seeds of P. aquatica are delicious raw and has a high content of protein and edible oil, it could be used boiled, fried or roasted, the flavor is similar to a European chestnut,  roasted seeds ground to make a hot drink like hot chocolate but with a strong smell, young leaves and flowers are also edible.

Dr. Waleed Abobatta