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Braided Money Tree Plant

Updated on March 14, 2011

I'm sure you've heard the saying "money doesn't grow on trees", but did you realize there actually is a money tree?

Pachira aquatica is commercially sold under the name money tree. According to Wikipedia, the name comes from a story of its origin, where a poor man prayed for money. Instead of finding money, he stumbled upon the odd looking plant and decided it was an omen. He found his money by selling the plants that he then grew from its seeds.

The Pachira aquatica is a native tree in Central and South America. It thrives in swampy areas and is sometimes known as a Malabar chestnut or Guiana chestnut tree. It can grow almost 60 feet tall in the wild. The woody pod resembles a pecan, but tastes similar to a peanut.

In the mid-80s a Taiwan man took five small money trees and placed them in a single pot and braided their trunks together. This ornamental style took off in Japan and eastern Asia. They have now become a symbol of financial fortune. They are often given to businesses as a wish for prosperity and good luck.

Money Tree
Money Tree

Give a Braided Money Tree

What a unique way to wish someone good luck and financial prosperity. Consider giving them a braided money tree. They are inexpensive and create a nice conversational piece. Although I've never owned one, they seem to be easy to care for from what I've read. The way I see it, it sure can't hurt in these tough economic times.


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    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks, Mardi! The braided trunk is fantastic, isn't it?

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      Mardi Winder-Adams 

      8 years ago from Western Canada and Texas

      Wow, I need to get one of these. They are terrific, thanks for the hub KCC!

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Susansisk!

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      Susan Sisk 

      8 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Interesting. You are right, a good idea for a gift.

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Central Texas

      I haven't seen them around, either Sheila. But, I noticed that Amazon sells them and have included the link.

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      sheila b. 

      8 years ago

      I hadn't heard of these, not have I seen them in a store, but I'll be watching for one now.

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank for stopping by TheHerbivoreHippi, Ethel, HecVille, and Shazwellyn!

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      8 years ago from Great Britain

      What a fine piece of information. I have a money plant and strategically put it near a window - It is a succulant - and is symbolic of wealth when situated properly (feng shui).

      Thanks for introducing me to another plant that is soooo unusual! x

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      8 years ago from Texas

      Interesting...a real money tree. Who knew?

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      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Yes I have seen these before but thanks for the additional info

    • theherbivorehippi profile image


      8 years ago from Holly, MI

      These are fabulous plants! I love that they adored to be pruned and fussed with! Great hub!


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