PACHIRA!
General & Cultural Information

             Pachira aquatica is more commonly known as Malabar or Guiana Chestnut.  Although not well known,  this unusually heavy trunked tree is very durable indoors.  It's from the Bombax family that stores water in the swollen trunks.  But it grows in rainforests so it can tolerate both overwatering or underwatering!  The seed pods are football shaped and the large seeds are ready to germinate as they open.

            These unusual plants grow slender and tall if not trained early. Well trained single trees have immense bulbous trunks. Young plants kept in tight contact will fuse. But when they are artfully arranged, several trees together never fail to attract interest! Fast growing with large tropical leaves will grow luxuriantly but can be safely cut back to keep it compact. In darker areas, leaves grow smaller and these can survive for a long time in very poor light. 

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nbsp;    Pachira aquatica is more commonly known as Malabar or Guiana Chestnut.  Although not well known,  this unusually heavy trunked tree is very durable indoors.  It's from the Bombax family that stores water in the swollen trunks.  But it grows in rainforests so it can tolerate both overwatering or underwatering!  The seed pods are football shaped and the large seeds are ready to germinate as they open.

            These unusual plants grow slender and tall if not trained early. Well trained single trees have immense bulbous trunks. Young plants kept in tight contact will fuse. But when they are artfully arranged, several trees together never fail to attract interest! Fast growing with large tropical leaves will grow luxuriantly but can be safely cut back to keep it compact. In darker areas, leaves grow smaller and these can survive for a long time in very poor light. 

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Fuku-Bonsai Inc.   Phone (808) 982-9880;  FAX (808) 982-9883
www.fukubonsai.com    Fuku-Bonsai   March 2001