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Re: Money Tree...


Ah, the confusion of common names!

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Jul 27, 2005, at 11:40 AM, Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing  
Center wrote:

> 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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>> Island Jim
>> Southwest Florida
>> 27.0 N, 82.4 W
>> Hardiness Zone 10
>> Heat Zone 10
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>> Maximum 100 F [38 C]
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  • References:
    • Money Tree...
      • From: "Bonnie & Bill Morgan"
    • Re: Money Tree...
      • From: "Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing Center" <4042N15@nationalhearing.com>
    • Re: Money Tree...
      • From: "Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing Center" <4042N15@nationalhearing.com>

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