7 years to reach maturity
Nuts can be collected when ripe.
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Money Tree Overview
Pachira aquatica is a tender perennial species that is commonly grown as a houseplant. It is often sold as multiple plants, with their stems plaited together to form 'one' plant. It has green shiny ovate leaves and an arching habit. In its native habitat, it can grow up to 18m tall with shiny green palmate leaves. Its showy white-yellow flowers have a bottlebrush-like appearance, often tipped in red. They open like a banana peel to reveal yellow hair-like stamens. Edible nuts are produced in large woody pods, which are said to taste like peanuts!
Common problems with Money Tree
Generally pest and disease free outdoors but may attract some pests and diseases indoors.
How to propagate Money Tree
Propagation from seed or cutting.
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Other uses of Money Tree
The tree is cultivated for its edible nuts which grow in a very large, woody pod. They are said to taste like peanuts, and can be eaten raw or cooked or ground into a flour to make bread. The leaves and flowers are also edible.