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 a good reason money trees are popular gifts for executives and frequently used as office decor or as housewarming presents. They’re also a great element to add to your home at the beginning of a new year.
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 that he found in his field. 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 up to 7 feet! Each tree is actually four to five separate trees with their trunks braided together. Outdoors, money tree plants can grow up to 30 feet tall.
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 the stem. If you do, you might want to consider buying a lottery ticket — seven leaf stems are rumored to bring extra luck.
Caring for money tree plants
Money trees are easy to care for, making them a great gift for new beginnings. Consider putting one on your desk, gifting one to your boss, sending one to a friend and sharing all the good luck and prosperity vibes possible.