With a braided trunk and lush, glossy leaves, the Chinese money tree it’s no wonder this plant is so popular. It is said to bring luck and wealth, adds vitality to any home, and is also highly-rated as an air-purifier!
While we can’t guarantee the tree will attract wealth to you, we can guarantee it will freshen up your home or office. Read on to learn more about the many benefits of this unique plant.
Getting to Know Pachira Aquatica
A “money tree” is actually multiple Pachira aquatica trees painstakingly braided together during growth. Pachira aquatica is a broadleaf evergreen native to Central and South America and has many common names including Malabar chestnut, Guiana chestnut, French peanut, saba nut, monguba, pumpo, provision tree, and wild kapok tree.
In the wild, Pachira aquatica can grow up to 59 feet tall. A braided money tree plant can be anywhere between one and eight feet tall.
You might expect that the symbolism of the money tree goes back centuries. In reality, the first modern money tree was cultivated in Taiwan as a bonsai by a truck driver in the 1980s! It quickly became a symbol of prosperity and highly sought after by Feng Shui practitioners.
Symbolism and Feng Shui of The Money Tree
A legend was born along with the cultivation of the money tree:
A man who was down on his luck prayed for prosperity, and soon discovered the money tree and took it home. He soon realized that from its seeds he could cultivate many more trees. He made a business selling these beautiful trees to others and made his fortune.
That is why the money tree is a popular gift in East Asian culture, in business as well as personal affairs.
In Feng Shui, there are several plants that can be used to promote abundance, but the money tree is favorable in many ways.
The braided trunk of the Chinese money tree is said to be able to trap fortune within its folds. The five leaves typically found on a stalk are said to represent the five elements of balance: earth, fire, water, wind, and metal. Finding a stalk with seven leaves is incredibly rare, and also said to bring immense luck to the owner.
In terms of placement, many businesses keep a small money tree near their cash register. Within the home, the most common placement to promote wealth is the southeast corner.
A Money Tree Helps Freshen Up Your Home
Along with its status as a luck-magnet, money tree plants are incredibly easy to care for. They only require indirect light and infrequent watering, making it an easy plant for beginners.
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The money tree is also highly-rated as an air-purifier. A famous NASA study of indoor plants on air quality lists Pachira aquatica as one of the most effective filters of harmful pollutants.
The icing on the cake is that money trees are ASPCA-certified pet-friendly. However, while it is non-toxic, it can cause digestive upset if consumed in large volumes.
Money Tree Plants Shipped to Your Door
Whether you are looking to expand your luck, purify your air, or beautify your space – a money tree is a great addition to any home or office.
Bloomscape’s large money trees are grown and cared for by our expert team. We ship our plants directly from our greenhouse anywhere within the continental United States and guarantee the health of our plants.
Visit our online plant store and add some more prosperity to your home.