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Re: Money Tree...


I was looking at Botanica (A_Z doesn't cover it.)   It says the genus
consists of 24 species from tropical America.  They refer to Pachira
aquatica as Shaving Brush Tree, Guiana Chestnut, and Provision Tree. (RHS
adds: Water Chestnut, French Peanut, Malabar Chestnut)  Botanica: "This
evergreen tree can vary in height from 15 to 60 feet".  The nuts may be
smallish but it was my assumption that the chestnut type nuts were in pods
of that length.  A California Rare Fruit Growers page says  "Fruit :  The
five-valved fruit is an ovoid, woody green pod which may reach 4 to 12
inches in length and 2-2.5 inches in diameter, bearing some resemblence to
kapok or silk floss seed pods.  The tightly packed seeds (nuts) inside
enlarge until the pod bursts and the seed falls to the ground."  For more
from that site, including cultivation, go to:
http://hort.net/+12Q3

BTW - RHS considers only Crassula ovata to be Money Tree

Also found a site that mentions Pachira, Money Tree, is recommended by Feng
Shui masters for prosperity .

Kitty

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "james singer" <islandjim1@verizon.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, July 27, 2005 9:11 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Money Tree...


> Your source must be MoBot. There's a lot of confusion around this
> plant. MoBot says it's a humongus tree that grows in [where? Amazon
> basin? I forget] and nearly every one else says, no, it's this smallish
> tree from Guyana or India [it's also called Malabar chestnut as well as
> Guyana chestnut and French peanut] or some place else. It's all very
> confused and muddled--but rest assured, the one sold as the "money
> tree" is the smaller tree that produces the smaller fruits.
>
> On Jul 27, 2005, at 11:38 AM, Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing
> Center wrote:
>
> > My reference says most of what Jim related.  However, it mentions the
> > fruits
> > are a foot long and 6inches round.  Pretty heavy load for a bonsai. ;+)
> >
> > Kitty
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "james singer" <islandjim1@verizon.net>
> > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > Sent: Wednesday, July 27, 2005 3:57 AM
> > Subject: Re: [CHAT] Money Tree...
> >
> >
> >> Enlarged caudex is normal, Bonnie. They have to be fairly large to
> >> produce fruit, I think [but not sure]. The one at Selby Botanical
> >> Garden is 10-12 feet and regularly produces fruit. Fruits are
> >> large-avocado sized pods that are full of cherry sized nuts that
> >> should
> >> be roasted before eating. They taste something like chestnuts. Give
> >> them light and adequate moisture; I don't know of any problems with
> >> them, but I'd keep an eye out for the usual houseplant
> >> suspects--spider
> >> mites, mealy bugs, etc, and if found, wash them off.
> >>
> >>
> >> On Jul 26, 2005, at 7:24 PM, Bonnie & Bill Morgan wrote:
> >>
> >>> I happened upon a couple of bonsai "money tree" [Pachira aquatica]
> >>> for
> >>> low
> >>> bucks and picked one up for my office and for Bill's.  The photos
> >>> I've
> >>> seen
> >>> on the web look right as far as the leaves, but the trunks on ours
> >>> are
> >>> bulbous at bottom and tiny at the top.  Is this a different cultivar
> >>> or is
> >>> there something wrong with them?  Will they eventually bloom and
> >>> produce
> >>> (albeit tiny) fruit?  Is there anything special I should do for them
> >>> and/or
> >>> are there problems I should look out for?
> >>>
> >>> Blessings,
> >>> Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)
> >>>
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> >> Island Jim
> >> Southwest Florida
> >> 27.0 N, 82.4 W
> >> Hardiness Zone 10
> >> Heat Zone 10
> >> Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
> >> Maximum 100 F [38 C]
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> Southwest Florida
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