Money may not grow on trees, but you can grow your very own money tree. And while your tree may not make you rich, it can be a great conversation starter—in addition to bringing more natural beauty into your home, of course. With its interesting origins and the legends surrounding it, it’s no wonder this tree is such a popular gift.
Here are five fascinating facts about the money tree plant you can share with your guests the next time you have company.
1. Money Trees Are Lucky
Rumored to bring luck and prosperity to the owner, there’s good reason money trees are popular gifts for executives and frequently used as office décor.
2. The Money Tree Was An Answered Prayer
According to the legend, a man prayed for money and then became rich by growing multiple trees from one. He credited the tree for his newfound wealth, giving the tree its name.
3. Money Trees Create Positive Energy
Practitioners of feng shui often turn to money trees as a means of creating positive energy in living spaces. For tips on how to apply the principles of feng shui to your home, check out this post.
4. Money Trees Are Taller Than You Think
Even though they’re most often kept in homes and offices, money trees can actually grow to be quite tall—up to seven feet! Each tree is actually four to five separate trees with their trunks braided together.
5. Seven Leaves Mean More Good Luck
Most money trees have five or six leaves on each stem, but you’ll occasionally find one with seven leaves on each stem. If you do, you might want to consider buying a lottery ticket—seven leaf stems are rumored to bring extra luck.
To learn even more about money trees—including how to care for your new good luck charm—download our free guide.