Jade Tree Plant; Money Plant or a Lucky Friendship Tree
Lucky Jade Tree Plant
Commonly known as Jade Tree Plant, jade plant, friendship tree, lucky plant or Money Plant, Crassula ovata is a succulent plant with small pink or white flowers. It is native to South Africa, and is common as a houseplant worldwide. It is sometimes referred to as the money tree. The dwarf jade tree plant is the Portulacaria afra.
There is also another plant, the tree Pachira aquatica is commercially sold under the name money tree and money plant.
Jades are evergreen plants with thick branches and smooth, rounded, fleshy leaves that grow in opposing pairs along the branches. Leaves are a rich jade green; some varieties may develop a red tinge on the edges of leaves when exposed to high levels of sunlight. New stem growth is the same color and texture as the leaves, but becomes brown and woody with age. Under the right conditions, they may produce small white or pink star-like flowers in early spring.
You may see jade tree plants as small bonsai trees as they lend themselves easily to the bonsai form. They are popular as an indoor bonsai tree.
Feng Shui Money Tree
The feng shui money tree is one of the most popular plants used as a feng shui cure in the classical feng shui money applications. The money tree is used as a feng shui cure to attract the energy of wealth and prosperity. Its best location is in the Money feng shui area of the Bagua (a Feng Shui Energy area) of a home or office.
The feng shui money tree is a feng shui symbol. It reflects vibrant, well-rooted energy. That’s an ever expanding energy you would like to see reflected in newfound money. The money tree plant is supposed to produce positive vibrations that will bring prosperity to the owner of the house or business.
Pachira Aquatica in East Asian Culture
In East Asia, Pachira aquatica is often referred to as the “money tree.” The tree had long been popular as an ornamental in Japan. These trees are symbolically associated with good financial fortune and are typically seen in businesses. Sometimes you see them with red ribbons or other auspicious ornamentation attached.
Money Tree (Pachira Aquatica) Legend
“The legend started in Taiwan where an old farmer worked hard his whole life and never prospered. He lived in a small valley and was very superstitious. One day, he went to the field as usual, and saw a small, unusual plant. He thought to himself, “I have never seen this kind plant before . . . ah, maybe God heard my prayer and has given me a chance to be rich!” Then, he carefully took the plant home and began to research and study this unusual, yet beautiful plant.The farmer discovered this plant was very resilient and did not need much care. It was hardy and tolerant to low light and dryness. He finally grew these plants from the seeds and sold them at the market. He sold all of them as quickly as the wind blew. Demand for more grew. He grew more of these plants and sold them as well. So he called the plant Good Luck Money Tree or Good Fortune Tree.” Soon, his money troubles were over. That is why this plant is called the Money Plant. It is believed to bring wealth and good fortune, just as it did to the poor farmer.
Jade Tree – Good Luck for Business
When it comes to business, good luck symbols are a subtle way to gain attention and may be helpful in bringing luck to the business. Just thinking about, or contemplating the symbolic meaning of an object that traditionally represents good luck is just one way to help us keep our minds open to recognize and receive the luck we hope for. The Jade Tree Plant is one such symbol.
As with any symbol, good luck symbols are designed to enhance your mindset – which in turn makes you more aware of situations which may be good luck for you or lead to favorable outcomes, either immediately, or in the future.
You probably cannot go into a Chinese restaurant without seeing a jade tree plant in it. The Jade tree plant is one symbol among many Chinese good luck symbols. Some say the jade plant is a symbolic representation of the actual jade stone. Jade is considered highly valuable, not just to the Chinese, but probably all over the world, and therefore very lucky, at least to many; a stone representing great wealth, auspiciousness, and status.
It is an auspicious plant because its succulent dark green leaves resemble pieces of jade or coins, therefore represents earth or metal energy, which adds nourishment and stability. Earth chi helps relationships. The jade tree plant also signifies wood energy or growth.
According to Feng Shui practices, it encourages placing jade plants near entrances to your business or in southeast location of your business or home in order to activate financial energies. Jade plants, like the stone, are green. Green color is symbolic of growth, renewal, spring time sprouting in the form of wealth in our lives. No, money does not grow on trees, but who knows a gem of a jade tree plant might help bring more luck or money to your business or home. If nothing else, having a jade tree plant around should open your mind to the possibility of financial abundance by the mere thinking and expecting it. Plus, as an extra bonus, the oxygen the plant puts out is a great air enhancing feature.
Feng Shui Placement:
*East for family harmony, health, initiation of projects, scholarly pursuits Southeast for wealth luck
*West for creativity or children luck
*Northwest for the luck of mentors, teachers and helpful people
Which Plant is the Money Tree?
Both jade plant (Crassula Ovata) and Pachira Aquatica are considered money trees. Either one will serve as the symbol of positive energy. So in reality, you can use either healthy, vibrant lush plant as your money tree, because the meaning of the symbol is in its energy.
If you need a little help know that this particular money tree plant is another name for the Malabar chestnut from South America. The plant is considered lucky because it has five leaves. If it has seven, it is very lucky.
Feng Shui Placement:
*East for family harmony, health, initiation of projects, scholarly pursuits
*Southeast for wealth luck
*In your living room, dining room or office, but not the bedroom or bathroom
As you know money does not grow on trees (Don’t we wish it did?) so do not pin all your hopes in a feng shui money tree, no matter what it’s called!
Over the years money plant trees have grown in popularity and the money plant is a great gift idea. A money plant tree would make a great gift for those celebrating a new beginning.
May your new money tree plant or jade tree plant bring you, or someone special, lots of good fortune!
* Information gathered from many sources, including Wikipedia