Can a Money Tree Live Outside? (Short Guide)

Along with the cultivation of the Money Tree, a tale was created.

After making a wish for good fortune, a down-on-his-luck guy soon found the money tree and brought it home. He soon understood that he could grow many more trees from its seeds. He established a business and amassed wealth by selling these exquisite trees to others.

For this reason, both in business and in personal relationships, the Money Tree is a common present in East Asian culture.

There are a number of plants that can be used in Feng Shui to encourage abundance, but the Money Tree is advantageous in many ways.

Chinese money trees are thought to have braided trunks that can trap prosperity inside their folds. The five usual leaves on a stalk are thought to stand for the five elements of balance: earth, fire, water, wind, and metal. It’s quite uncommon to find a stalk with seven leaves, and the owner is also reported to experience great luck after finding one.

A Mini Money Tree is frequently kept at the cash register in businesses as a good luck charm. The southeast corner of the house is the location most frequently used to encourage wealth.

In this article, you will have the chance to read more about what does a money tree represent and if the same tree can survive if it is kept outside. Keep reading for a lucky charm!

Money Tree – What Does It Represent?

Multiple Pachira aquatica plants are braided together during growth to form a “money tree.” Its common names include Good Luck Tree, Malabar Chestnut, Guiana Chestnut, French Peanut, Saba Nut, Monguba, Pumpo, Provision Tree, and Wild Kapok Tree. Pachira aquatica is a broadleaf evergreen that is indigenous to Central and South America.

Chinese money trees have a maximum height of 60 feet in the wild. The height of a braided money tree plant can range from one to eight feet.

The money tree’s symbolic meaning has likely been around for a very long time. In actuality, a truck driver in Taiwan in the 1980s grew the first contemporary Money Tree as a bonsai! It immediately became regarded as a sign of prosperity and was highly prized by Feng Shui experts.

Today, money trees can be cultivated in a number of sizes and shapes, including larger money trees, smaller Mini money trees, and a group of money tree plants grown together in a single pot, known as a money tree forest.

Can a Money Tree Live Outside?

Only under specific temperature and lighting circumstances that are compatible with their natural growing environment, money trees can be grown outside. This indicates that they will need warm temperatures and high to moderated humidity. To develop and generate more leaves, they will also need enough sunlight.

Growing a Money Tree Outside

A money tree’s growth will mostly be influenced by sunlight, temperature, moisture, and wind. You can surely grow your money tree outside if all of these conditions are satisfied.

Temperature & Humidity

Medium to high humidity is ideal for wild money trees, but it’s crucial to avoid overwatering the plant while it’s outside. Making sure that the soil is properly aerated is equally important if you want to prevent the plant from developing root rot.

Money trees can endure temperatures of up to 80 degrees Fahrenheit outside. To ensure that the plant drains correctly when planting outdoors, it is preferable to add some peat moss, sand, or perlite to the soil mixture.


The ideal position for your money tree plant outside is one that receives full sun during the day and some shade at night. Money trees’ leaves risk being burned and falling off if they are left in the sun all day.

The plant should be placed outside in an area that receives filtered or indirect light all day long. As tropical plants, money trees prefer locations with prolonged periods of shadow or dim lighting in order to grow.


An outside-planted money tree could need more water than a houseplant, especially during the summer. It’s usually preferable to inspect the soil first to see if the tree needs water before watering it.

Simply place your index finger about three inches into the ground to inspect if the money tree needs to be watered or not. The plant doesn’t need water if the soil is still moist. It’s time to water the plant, though, if you can’t stick your finger in the soil or if it is hard and dry.


Plant the money tree in less winded areas, and during windy days make sure to cover it with a bag or with anything that you think it would protect it from the wind. Money trees dislike to be exposed to the wind, the less wind, the better.

Closing Words

As for the exact answer to the title of this article, yes, money trees can live outside but only and if their needs such as temperature, water, sunlight, are met.

Five of these trees are frequently bundled or twisted together to form one tree. Wrap a piece of strong string around the tops of the trunks to bind them securely together as they grow in order to keep the shape or to guide the trunks into a braid.

It is a great plant to purchase since it is known to bring wealth, so you should definitely consider purchasing it. Till next time! Bye!

Further Reading

Not that you are determined to become a wealthy human being and you have purchased a money tree, I suggest your read more of my articles so you also keep your mind wealthy.

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Aurora Hansen

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